The Washington Times - August 14, 2012, 10:49AM

Stephen Lumpkins, who opted to leave American’s basketball program to pursue a baseball career, has returned to the school in hopes of playing for the Eagles this season.

Lumpkins, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 13th round of last year’s draft, will not be eligible for financial aid. But he would be a boost to the Eagles, who lose their top scorer in forward Charles Hinkle.

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NCAA rules, which allow five years to complete four seasons of eligibility, permit Lumpkins to return. He must still receive approval from the Patriot League to be eligible to play for American this season.

Lumpkins averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 2010-11, and his 107 career blocked shots ranks fourth in program history.

Patrick Stevens