- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maryland forward Jin Soo Kim was declared academically ineligible for the spring semester but is appealing his situation.

The freshman cannot dress for games but is still practicing with the team while his case is under appeal. The school’s spring semester began Monday.

Maryland officials declined to offer specifics about Kim’s status, but a release distributed to reporters noted Kim is part of an academic program for students for whom English is a second language.

It is the second time in three years Maryland had a basketball player declared academically ineligible. In 2006, Chris McCray (then the team’s leading scorer) was ineligible for the spring semester and missed the Terrapins’ final 15 games.

Kim, who is averaging 1.7 points, already had a bumpy first season with the Terps. He spent three years playing for South Kent (Conn.), then took classes in his native South Korea after undergoing shoulder surgery last year. Those classes created a snag with the NCAA clearinghouse process, and Kim was not cleared to join the Terps until early November.

- Patrick Stevens

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