IHSAA to finally make determination in Jasmine Watson case

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

This Thursday, the IHSAA has an executive committee meeting and the eligibility case of former Washington High School girls basketball player Jasmine Watson is scheduled for the agenda, the IHSAA tells NewsCenter 16's Angelo Di Carlo.

The story has dragged on for nearly three years going back to 2008, when Watson transferred from Elkhart Memorial to Washington for her senior year.

Her family said they moved because of financial concerns, but the IHSAA said it was for athletic reasons. She was ruled ineligible for the first eight games that season, before the circuit court overturned that decision and put her back on the basketball court. (You can read more about it by clicking here.)

But in 2010, the case went before the Indiana State Supreme Court, who agreed with the IHSAA and, once again, ruled Watson ineligible. (You can read more about this by clicking here.)

So now the IHSAA will have to make a decision on the case, including any penalties. In that 2008-2009 season, the Washington Panthers went all the way to the state championship and they hold the 2009 state runner-up title. Current Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins was a senior on that Washington team.

It’s possible the school may have to forfeit those games, although in past conversations with NewsCenter 16 over the years, IHSAA officials have said this is unlikely. Those conversations came under a different commissioner, however. During this whole process, Blake Ress has retired and Bobby Cox has taken over.

Any penalties against Washington High School would be announced in the coming weeks.

Jasmine Watson is currently a junior in college, playing basketball at UMass.

This Thursday, the IHSAA executive committee should also be discussing the eligibility situation with former Washington football and basketball player Darius Hardin. You can read more about that case by clicking here.

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