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Updated: September 3rd, 2013 1:36pm
NCAA: Rakeem Buckles is not immediately eligible to play for 'U' hoops

NCAA: Rakeem Buckles is not immediately eligible to play for 'U' hoops

by Derek Wetmore
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Gophers men's basketball target Rakeem Buckles got some more bad news Tuesday.

The University of Minnesota's athletics department learned that its appeal to NCAA for Buckles' immediate eligibility was denied. The original transfer waiver was denied Aug. 28, but the team felt confident about its appeal to the NCAA at that time, one source connected with the program told KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

Buckles signed a tender in August to play for the Gophers, but is not currently enrolled at the University. At this point, it's very unlikely Buckles, a senior, will play this season or at all for Richard Pitino and the Gophers.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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