Kobe Eubanks and his father Clayton Eubanks filed a lawsuit against Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage School on Sept. 19 for at least $75,000, alleging grade manipulation cost Eubanks a scholarship to Baylor.
Eubanks signed with Baylor last spring, but wasn’t cleared by the NCAA to enroll at the university this fall. The 6-5 guard played two seasons at American Heritage School before playing his senior year at Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American School.
The suit alleges that when Eubanks left American Heritage, the school certified a transcript sent to Our Savior that stated his GPA was 2.5. A second transcript, sent later to Eubanks’ new school said that he had a 2.37 GPA, a number which Eubanks alleges was altered by American Heritage.
When Baylor requested all of Eubanks’ transcripts to verify his enrollment, the fact that there were two transcripts on file with differing GPAs prompted an NCAA inquiry.
The suit claims that after the inquiry American Heritage lawyers informed Eubanks that it would only certify a transcript in which his GPA was 2.29, leaving Eubanks short of the NCAA minumum standard for scholarship freshmen.
Eubanks is spending a post-graduate year at Delray Beach’s ELEV8 Sports Institute, trying to pass the courses necessary to be eligible next year.