Tucker High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team celebrated advancing to the Elite Eight in the Class AAAAAA playoffs Feb. 22, but there is a cloud hovering over that celebration.
The basketball program is being investigated by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). The Champion was told by an anonymous source that the team has been accused of illegally recruiting players and of having players who live outside of the Tucker High School district.
“Tucker has six players who are living out of the Tucker High School district, which is a violation of GHSA rules,” the source said. “All six of these players transferred into Tucker this season after playing for the same AAU coach, who just happens to be a booster at Tucker High School.”
A representative from GHSA confirmed to The Champion that the basketball team is under investigation but would not provide further details.
According to by-law 1.71 (a) in the GHSA constitution, “the use of undue influence to secure or retain a student for competitive purposes is prohibited and shall lead to penalties being assessed against either school. This violation may cause the student to forfeit eligibility for one year from the date of enrollment.”
The rule also said If coaches are found to be in violation of the recruiting rule, a copy of the investigation will be forwarded to the Professional Standards Commission of the Department of Education.
The DeKalb County School District released a statement to The Champion, stating the district “has been made aware of allegations regarding a situation involving the Tucker High School girls’ basketball team. Once a concern was raised, the district began an immediate investigation. At this time, the alleged situation remains under investigation. We will go wherever the investigation leads us.”
Tucker has a 21-9 record under second-year coach James Oliver.
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