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December 8, 2012
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In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School’s Makur Puou (32) shoots over Hinckley-Big Rock’s Mitch Ruh during a high school basketball game in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves at center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA’s executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny.

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In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School’s Mangisto Deng, center, maneuvers around Hinckley-Big Rock’s Nick Gentry, left, under the hoop in a high school basketball game in Hinckley, Ill. Deng is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA’s executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny.

Laura Stoecker photo

In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School’s Mangisto Deng waits for the ball at the free throw line during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley, Ill. Deng is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA’s executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny.

Laura Stoecker photo

In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, Mooseheart High School’s Makur Puou (32) reacts to his slam dunk during a high school basketball game against Hinckley-Big Rock in Hinckley, Ill. Puou is one of four Sudanese athletes who find themselves center court of a controversy in suburban Chicago over high schools recruiting athletes. The Illinois High School Association board will consider Monday, Dec. 10 whether the three basketball players and a cross-country runner are ineligible to continue competing for Mooseheart. The century-old school says it accepted the students as part of its tradition of helping troubled and poor students, but the ISHA’s executive director determined that it broke a prohibition against recruiting athletes after accepting the young men from an Indiana outfit called A-HOPE, an Indiana-based foundation whose founder has drawn NCAA scrutiny.