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Pearl: Top Auburn recruits not yet declared eligible by the NCAA

Auburn, Alabama (AP)-Point guard Sharif Cooper, Auburn’s top recruiter, is not allowed to play by the NCAA.

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said on Monday in Auburn’s weekly radio show that the NCAA is still conducting Cooper’s first eligibility review, but did not provide details.

“We want to resolve it as soon as possible,” Pearl said. “But there’s nothing more I can actually comment on.”

Auburn will open a season against St. Joseph on Thursday in Fort Myers, Florida. The Tigers will play pre-season No. 1 Gonzaga at Fort Myers chip-off on Friday morning.

Cooper was a five-star rookie who was expected to start quickly for the Tigers and become one of their best players. He was rated by 247 Sports as the 19th largest new employee in the United States.

Auburn announced on Sunday that it would voluntarily impose a postseason ban this season, triggered by a 2017 bribe investigation into former assistant coach Chuck Person.

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