Oct. 26, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State freshman Fabian Boeke has not been certified for competition by the NCAA, therefore at this time is not permitted to compete in the upcoming exhibition game and regular season competition.
Boeke, a native of Kummerfeld, Germany, played four seasons with the Ehingen Club team in Germany. The club team Boeke played on was a mix of high school players and a few older individuals. Members of that club team, not including Boeke, received stipends that the NCAA determined were above actual and necessary expenses. Therefore, the Ehingen team is deemed a professional organization by the NCAA.
"This is an unfortunate situation because Fabian paid his way to go to high school and competed on the club team affiliated with his school," WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett said. "To Fabian's knowledge, and ours, he was competing on a team that would not jeopardize his amateur status. We will do everything we can to have Fabian's eligibility restored."
"We've been working with the NCAA regarding this issue as it centers around minimal compensation received by some players on Fabian's club team in Germany," WSU Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance Steve Robertello said. "We're continuing to work with the NCAA to determine Fabian's status for the 2007-08 season."
Boeke is currently eligible to continue practicing with the team while WSU continues to resolve the issue with the NCAA eligibility center.