Forest Park grad Brock cleared to play for Oak­land this sea­son

Army veteran of Kuwait, Afghanistan had been held back by poor grades

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jonas Shaf­fer jshaf­fer@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jonas_shaf­fer

Oak­land men’s bas­ket­ball player Isa­iah Brock, a Bal­ti­more-born Army veteran who had been deemed in­el­i­gi­ble this sea­son be­cause of poor high school grades, was cleared to play by the NCAA on Mon­day.

Oak­land ap­pealed the NCAA’s rul­ing Thurs­day, which was based on Brock’s aca­demic profile when he grad­u­ated from Forest Park in 2011, and added a let­ter of sup­port from Rep. Mike Bishop of Michi­gan, ac­cord­ing to The Detroit News.

Brock, 22, a 6-foot-8 for­ward who was closer to 6 feet in high school, spent four years in the Army af­ter leav­ing Bal­ti­more. He served as a mor­tu­ary af­fairs spe­cial­ist dur­ing his six-month de­ploy­ments in Afghanistan and Kuwait, re­triev­ing the bod­ies of fallen sol­diers from the bat­tle- field and pre­par­ing them for burial.

Brock met Golden Griz­zlies coach Greg Kampe dur­ing the Troops First Foun­da­tion’s Hard­wood Clas­sic in Kuwait, and Kampe, taken with Brock’s life story and in­trigued by his ath­leti­cism, of­fered an athletic schol­ar­ship.

Brock earned an A and a B in Univer­sity of Mary­land Univer­sity Col­lege on­line classes while serv­ing in Afghanistan, and af­ter en­rolling at Oak­land this sum­mer, he got two B’s. The NCAA had al­lowed Brock to prac­tice with the team, but be­cause of his years-old grades, he was told he would have to sit out this sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to The Detroit News, he wrote the NCAA three let­ters plead­ing his case over the sum­mer. On Mon­day, he got the news he was hop­ing for.

“I just want to thank the NCAA for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to play this year and I also want to thank all of my team­mates, fam­ily and friends for all of their sup­port through this process,” Brock said in a news re­lease. “I’m very grate­ful and I won’t let this op­por­tu­nity go to waste!”

Bren­nan Ireland (An­napo­lis) and Penn State will face Akron tonight

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