High school in Oklahoma says it won’t be able to keep wheeler basketball team after NCAA rules prevent them from practicing
Oklahoma’s high school basketball team won’t practice at the end of the school year because of the NCAA’s ban on the sport, the school’s principal said.
Wheeler is one of two Oklahoma high schools, the other being the state’s Central High School, that are allowed to play at least two games a season, according to a statement from school principal Chris Miller.
“Wheeler High School is not permitted to participate in any official athletic activities with other schools, or to participate or participate in other events on the same date as any other official school-sponsored event, except for school team practices and meetings with faculty and staff,” Miller said in the statement.
Wheelers coaches said they have been trying to work out a new agreement for more than a year.
“We’ve had our meeting with the NCAA, and they’ve told us that they understand our situation and that we’re in a good position, but they don’t understand the situation that we have right now,” said senior guard Tommie Thomas, who is a three-star recruit.
“They’re trying to understand the issue of what’s happening in Oklahoma, and we have our own issues to deal with.
We’re trying not to focus on that, and just focus on the other things that we can do.”
Thomas said he hopes the NCAA issues a ruling by the end, but he doesn’t expect it will come until spring.
“They’ve already told us we’re not allowed to go to school,” Thomas said.
“I think it’s a really long time from now, and that’s why we’re here, to just try to get things resolved.”
Oklahoma has one team that plays in the Oklahoma City area, which is the only non-school team in the state.