CINCINNATI, Ohio — Ronald Allen, a 6-10 center at Xavier University in New Orleans who was forced to evacuate due to Hurricane Katrina, has enrolled at the University of Cincinnati and began classes Wednesday morning.
UC will make an appeal for Allen to be immediately eligible to compete for the Bearcats due to the extenuating circumstances, director of athletics Bob Goin stated.
"We think that there are circumstances which favor Ronald in this matter," Goin said. "Xavier is an NAIA school. The school did not attempt to relocate its athletic teams when it closed. He was forced to evacuate the storm-damaged area and find other housing on his own. The athletic director at Xavier has granted him a full release."
Allen identified Cincinnati as an opportunity to continue his education and basketball career when he was made homeless by the effects of Katrina. He had learned through the internet that recruit Ivan Johnson was not coming to UC, creating an available scholarship, and he made the initial contact with UC.
Allen, originally from Los Angeles, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. After recovering from an early-sason injury, Allen saw action in 19 games as a backup center at Xavier last season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. He spent the 2003-04 season at Los Angeles City College.