One of the top boys high school basketball teams in the country will not be making the playoffs this year.
Duncanville (Texas) was recently penalized by the district for ineligible player from last year’s team, resulting in every win in which he appeared – including a third straight state championship – to undress.
The team will now not be allowed to play in the UIL postseason this year either. The decision was announced by Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Smith in a statement, on CBS DFW.
“The decision comes after the UIL stripped the team of the 2022 Class 6A state championship and placed the team on three years of probation after it determined the team used an ineligible player. The player’s family sought and obtained six court orders from four different courts to allow him to continue playing. Duncanville ISD is not a party to the lawsuit, nor has it challenged UIL’s earlier decision or taken any legal action against UIL. It was a legal dispute between a player, his family and the UIL. At all times, Duncanville ISD followed the court orders.
Duncanville also suspended the head coach David Peavy for the season.
At issue was the eligibility of star point guard Anthony Black, who has since enrolled at Arkansas. After a series of legal battles, he was declared unelectable. The team will be on three years’ probation for the recruiting violation.
The Panthers opened their 2022-2023 season on Saturday with a 73-65 win over Brennan (Texas).