Kobe Eubanks, a three- to four-star-rated shooting guard, and his father Clayton Eubanks filed a lawsuit against Plantation American Heritage School on Sept.19 for at least $75,000 alleging grade manipulation cost Eubanks a scholarship to Baylor University.
The 6-5 Eubanks committed to Baylor, one of more than 10 schools recruiting him, after spending his senior year at Centereach (New York) Our Savior New American School. He transferred there after two years at American Heritage, during which he made the Miami Herald’s second-team All-Broward. ESPN rated him a four-star recruit, and 247sports.com rated him a three-star recruit.
The suit claims that American Heritage provided Our Savior with a transcript that stated Eubanks’ grade-point average upon leaving American Heritage was 2.5, then later another transcript that put his GPA at 2.37, but certified to Our Savior that the 2.5 transcript was correct. The different numbers, the suit alleges, came from Eubanks’ grades being altered.
According to the suit, Baylor requested all of Eubanks’ transcripts as part of its normal vetting, and the two transcripts from American Heritage drew an NCAA inquiry.
The suit claims that after the inquiry American Heritage’s lawyers informed Kobe Eubanks orally that his GPA at the school actually had been 2.29 and that was what they would certify to the NCAA. That left Eubanks short of NCAA minimum standards for scholarship freshmen.
Eubanks is spending this year at Delray Beach’s ELEV8 Sports Institute trying to pass the courses necessary to be a college freshman in 2015.
Two calls to American Heritage and messages left for headmaster Jacqueline Davis were not returned.