Basketball Bulletin: Edmondson Receives Clearance

Rick Stansbury's concerns about depth in the Bulldog backcourt have eased greatly, with word that Jamall Edmondson is now eligible to play in this 2004-05 season.

Edmondson, a transfer guard from Meridian Comm. College, has received final clearance for competition, a MSU official confirmed Tuesday. Edmondson was already enrolled for the fall semester of school but needed the credits for a second college English class to meet Southeastern Conference eligibility requirements.

Edmondson was able to take a correspondence course, reportedly from Brigham Young University, to earn those necessary hours. The holdup was that under NCAA regulations the course had to be shown on his junior college transcript. Edmondson had already earned his JC degree in the summer, allowing him to enroll at State.

Now Stansbury can count Edmondson on his roster. The 5-9 native of Montgomery, Ala., played for former Bulldog George Brooks at Meridian CC and was an all-region and all-state performer. He is expected to back up veteran point guard Gary Ervin this year, and also play at shooting guard in the MSU rotation.

Depth at the guard positions is still potentially a problem with sophomore Dietric Slater's uncertain status this year. Slater is currently an hour short of the academic progress needed to play this year. He is in school and on scholarship, which means MSU is at the 13-grant limit. Slater apparently needs a waiver, under family hardship exemptions, to be able to play this year. He is able to practice, and could also regain eligibility for the spring semester in one scenario. The MSU staff is still optimistic that Slater's situation can be successfully resolved in time for this semester's schedule.

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