Senior guard Bryan Delancy, a Bahamian national, is required to register with the FHSAA any time he changes schools. His visa was issued to permit him to attend a particular school, Choice Academy in Miami, but last fall he transferred to Krop, a school that is a recognized basketball powerhouse.
His transfer paperwork was never filled out. FHSAA rules require that the student, parents, principal, and athletic director all sign and notarize an affidavit attesting that the transferring student was not athletically recruited to attend the new school.
The FHSAA rules are designed to prevent high schools from recruiting superior players from overseas. The rules are meant to ensure that high school athletes who travel to the US for education do not become targets for recruitment to other high schools.
At the hearing, Alan Goldfarb, a lawyer for Krop High, said the FHSAA investigation was initiated after someone at archrival Carol City High School “leaked the information” about Delancy to the FHSAA. He said the move was an apparent effort to push Krop High out of the playoffs and create a spot for Carol City.
The two teams met on Jan. 27. Krop won 65-49. But in deliberations behind the scenes at the FHSAA, Krop was in serious trouble. The association ruled in late January that the team would have to forfeit all 19 games in which Delancy had played. On Tuesday the FHSAA rejected an emergency appeal of its ruling by Krop.
Forfeiting the games would destroy their record and any chance of making the playoffs. In addition, it would penalize not just Delancy and the school officials who apparently failed to abide by FHSAA rules, but it would severely punish the 14 other members of Krop’s highly successful basketball team.