Syracuse point guard Billy Edelin has enrolled in summer classes but has a long road ahead to become eligible to play again.
"He's in school, and he has a lot of academic hurdles to overcome," Coach Jim Boeheim said yesterday. "He's going to have to get some relief from the NCAA to be eligible, and I don't know if they will. That's where we are."
Edelin, who withdrew from classes before the end of spring semester, is enrolled in the second of three summer sessions offered by the university, school officials said.
The NCAA requires a student-athlete to have earned at least half the credits needed to graduate to be eligible as a first-semester junior. Edelin would have to make up for the credits he lost when he withdrew but could become eligible to play if granted a medical hardship by the NCAA. The team still has a scholarship for him.
Edelin, a sophomore from Silver Spring and an integral part of the Orange's run to the national championship in 2003, started the first 16 games last season. He averaged 13.8 points and a team-high 5.4 assists before suddenly leaving the team for what Boeheim termed "personal issues."
Syracuse advanced to the NCAA tournament's round of 16 before losing to Alabama.
-- Associated Press