Bloomington – Indiana might not done with its 2009 recruiting class, but it won't be adding UNLV transfer Beas Hamga at semester break.
HoosierNation.com has learned that despite very strong interest from both sides, the Hoosiers have dropped out of the running to bring in the 7'0" Hamga at semester break. Hamga is now slated to make an official visit to Valparaiso on Tuesday.
Indications are that Indiana was Hamga's first choice, but the Hoosiers' scholarship limitations handcuffed Tom Crean's staff from making it happen. Indiana is technically using all 10 of its allotted scholarships this season, and it was unclear whether or not Hamga could use the 10th slot during the second semester since Kipp Schutz is returning to baseball.
The addition of Hamga would have also created some issues with the 2009 class as well. Hamga's arrival would have technically pushed Indiana to 15 scholarship players slated to play during the 2009-10 season, putting IU two over the NCAA limit of 13. The Big Ten Conference allows its teams to oversign by one, but the Hoosiers' situation could have required a ruling by either the conference or NCAA to make it permissible.
But time was not something IU or Hamga had a great deal of with the second semester rapidly approaching. Hamga needs to be enrolled at a D-I school by the start of the semester so that he can become eligible to play after the first semester of the 2009-10 academic year.
Hoosiers Out of Running For Hamga
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