Billy Gillispie finally broke his silence about his Ranger College’s NJCAA sanctions. Gillispie believes his program was unjustly punished when it was forced to forfeit 31 wins and vacate its fourth-place national tournament finish over its star player, Josh Simmons, returning to school after declaring for the NBA draft, which made him ineligible.
You see, while the NCAA now has a rule allowing players to return to school after declaring for the NBA draft, the NJCAA does not. Simmons was accused of entering the 2013 draft, but Gillispie and Ranger do not believe that to be true. The defense is Simmons’ trainer submitted the draft paperwork without Simmons’ knowledge or permission to do so, therefore Simmons himself did not actually enter the draft.
“The rule that we were alleged to have broken says that an athlete may not enter a professional draft,” Gillispie said. “And we know for a fact that Josh Simmons did not enter the NBA draft.”
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