Texas A&M incoming freshman point guard J.J. Caldwell has been declared ineligible to play this upcoming season, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Despite his ineligibility, Caldwell will still remain enrolled at the university.
The four-star and ESPN Top 100 recruit hails from Cypress, Texas, which is just over an hour away from the A&M campus in College Station. The issue concerning his eligibility was brought up during his recent senior year high school basketball season when he transferred out of his original school to attend a Christian Home School program, SATCH Homeschool, based out of Houston. Amidst concerns of his “floundering eligibility,” it seemed like an attempt by Caldwell to get his grades up in order to qualify to enroll at Texas A&M and get his grades high enough to actually play for the Aggies.
Alongside fellow four-stars Robert Williams and Deshawn Corprew, and also three-star Eric Villa from Spain, the quartet of incoming Aggies ranked third in the SEC and 18th overall in the nation, ranked by 247sports.
Caldwell chose College Station over other close proximity options in Houston, Oklahoma, and Tulsa. Both Virginia Tech and Kansas State came calling as well, but Caldwell chose to stay close to home.
It would have been a battle for Caldwell to overtake the starting point guard spot from sophomore Chris Collins coming into the season. In addition, the Aggies added a Lipscomb graduate transfer in JC Hampton, who will also see time at the point guard spot in his only year on campus with A&M.