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Jeremy Newsome is back at Okolona and ready to play basketball.
The 6-foot-7 senior re-enrolled at Okolona High School on Wednesday, and he could play as soon as Friday, when the Chieftains travel to Houston. He practiced with his former teammates Wednesday afternoon.
“With him having the opportunity to do his academics here and basketball, I think that’s one of the reasons he came back,” Okolona Superintendent Hansell Gunn said.
How this will affect Newsome’s lawsuit against the MHSAA is unclear. The MHSAA declared Newsome ineligible to play basketball at Nettleton High, where he transferred in late August after his mother moved there.
Jim Waide, Newsome’s attorney, said he’s not sure now if the lawsuit will go forth. He said it depends on whether Newsome receives an adequate education at Okolona, something the lawsuit claims he did not receive his first 11 years there.
Newsome is the reigning Daily Journal Player of the Year and a Division I prospect. He averaged 24.2 points, 17.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks last season for Okolona.