Gopher Guard Maurice Hargrow Ruled Ineligible

Gopher guard Maurice Hargrow was ruled ineligible to play during the 2004-05 season by the NCAA. Hargrow, a 6-4 senior from St. Paul, will be forced to redshirt this upcoming season and will have one year of eligibility remaining in 2005-06.

Maurice Hargrow transferred from Minnesota in January of this year to Arkansas. Hargrow practiced with the Razorbacks, but did not play in any games. During the summer, Hargrow was released from his scholarship by Arkansas and elected to enroll at the U of M for the fall 2004 semester and petition the NCAA to allow him to play immediately for the Gophers.

"It's unfortunate for Moe, but as a team we have been preparing for this ruling," Dan Monson said. "Fortunately, this will ensure Moe will earn his degree from the University next year and he can develop his game over the upcoming season. Obviously, it's disappointing for him, but he'll still be a valuable member of the program for the next two seasons."

Hargrow has played in 77 career games for the Gophers and scored 719 points in his collegiate career, an average of 9.3 points per game. Hargrow averaged a career high of 13.2 points his sophomore season in 2002-03 and was averaging 11.4 ppg last season before transferring. He holds a .425 shooting percentage for his career, .367 from three-point range.

"I'm disappointed, but not surprised," Hargrow said. "I was prepared for this decision and I'll use this year to get better on the court and stronger off of it. It will be tough to watch from the sidelines, but I will still help my teammates whichever way I can this season."

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