Show Low senior guard Sean Potter, whose last-second 3-pointer was waved off in a 52-50 sectional championship game loss to Snowflake, is ineligible for the Division III boys basketball tournament, which begins today.
Show Low (20-10), the 13th seed at state, plays host to 20th-seed Kingman Academy (19-6) tonight at 6 in the first round.
Show Low coach Matt Thacker said that the school reported to the Arizona Interscholastic Association a violation after Snowflake Athletic Director Kevin Standerfer sent a photo to the school a photo of Potter playing in a city-league game in the White Mountains.
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“According to the AIA bylaws, he is now ineligible for the season,” Thacker said in an email. “I feel bad for the kid because he was unaware of the rule in its entirety. We found out (Monday) afternoon, so we haven’t been able to prepare without him so are hoping for the best.”
The 6-foot-1 Potter was the heart and soul of Show Low’s team. He averaged 22 points and had 29 points in the loss to Snowflake.
He also averaged 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.4 assists. Some observers in the White Mountain believe Potter is the best player in the area.
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Show Low’s next-leading scorer is senior guard Sam Tate at 12.5 points a game.
A message was sent to Standerfer for comment.
“I feel bad for the kid,” Thacker said. “He meant no harm.”
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