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NCAA looks into IU center

BLOOMINGTON – The NCAA is reviewing the status of center Guy-Marc Michel, Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement Wednesday.

The university issued a news release in which Crean said Michel participated in club basketball in France prior to attending North Idaho Community College, where he finished high school and enrolled in some college courses.

“In three years with the French club, Guy participated as a member of an amateur team. In his third year, he was ‘called up’ for limited participation with a team that included professional players,” Crean said. “Given the experiences of other international student-athletes who have participated in European basketball systems, we anticipated some extended review of Guy’s status.

“We have great respect for the NCAA’s process, particularly because we know they have a practice of reviewing each individual student-athlete’s case on its own merit, with a focus on what’s best for the student. We also appreciate the NCAA’s increased understanding of the circumstances facing international student-athletes, which led to recent rules changes that permit immediate eligibility for entering freshman with the same competitive experiences as Guy.

“With these factors in mind, we are hopeful for a positive resolution to Guy’s case within the coming weeks.”

Crean said Michel could still practice with the team. The team said it wouldn’t comment further until the matter is resolved.