NCAA Turns Down Sensley Eligibility Appeal

Aug. 30, 2001

BERKELEY - The NCAA informed Cal today that it has denied the school's petition for an initial eligibility waiver for basketball recruit Julian Sensley.

However, Sensley said he plans to file a personal appeal with the NCAA in hopes of attaining qualifier status.

'My goal is to pursue all avenues available to me to become eligible and be at Cal,' Sensley said.

Sensley, a 6-9, 230-pound forward from Kailua, Hawaii, achieved the necessary high school GPA, but fell just short of attaining the required SAT score, making him a partial qualifier under NCAA rules. As a result of today's ruling, he will not be enrolled at Cal this term.

If his appeal is approved this fall, though, Sensley could become eligible to play as early as the first game after final exams, on Dec. 21 against Mount St. Mary's. He would then enroll at Cal for the spring semester.

'Julian has not wavered on his commitment to Cal and he intends to pursue his options to become a full qualifier,' head coach Ben Braun said.

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