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May 6, 2008 10:11 AM

APR numbers out, Huskies fine

Posted by Bob Condotta

The NCAA this morning released the official APR (Academic Progress Rate) numbers for the 2006-07 season and the Washington men's basketball team recorded a score of 943, safely above the Division-I average and any risk of incurring penalties.

Here's Washington's full report.

The only Pac-10 men's basketball program hit with a penalty is USC, which will be limited to 11 scholarships next year due to an APR of 863. (Here's the page explaining USC's penalty). (Should make clear the NCAA limit is 13 scholarships, so this would mean USC will have two fewer scholarships next season).

Here's a list of the Pac-10 APR scores in order:

Oregon 975
UCLA 968
Stanford 954
Washington 943
Cal 942
Oregon State 935
Arizona 933
Washington State 905
Arizona State 905
USC 863

A score of 925 is the NCAA's goal, which is says equates to a graduation rate of 60 percent. Anything below 925 can be subject to penalties, which are also based on whether students are in good academic standing when they leave (a particular issue in men's basketball with so many departing early for the pros).

Of other in-state schools, Gonzaga recorded a 965 and Eastern Washington 898 but without being penalized.

The Division-I average for men's basketball is 928.

Here's a good explainer of the latest APR numbers from the NCAA.

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Posted by Randy

11:13 AM, May 06, 2008

Bob, would it be correct in concluding that USC's low ranking is a result of the large number of early entries to the NBA the last 2 years? Or is grade point average and course completion part of the equation?

Posted by Randy

11:18 AM, May 06, 2008

Sorry Bob, you explain it quite well in your write up. Yes early entry & course completion is a major point.

Posted by Sittingdawg

12:41 PM, May 06, 2008

I'm wondering if this is going to start to affect Pac 10 recruiting. Recruiting players like Mayo and Love, almost locks to leave early, may have a major effect on a team's depth in subsequent years. With those two players you'd probably go ahead and take them anyway, but in certain circumstances and with a school like USC it's gotta hurt a lot to be losing two schollies. Bob, when does USC's number go back up to 13? In 2009?

Posted by ed

1:19 PM, May 06, 2008

So what happens to schools who have are over the amount alloted to them For instance if USC has signed LOIs and schollie players that make 12 and all 12 become eligible and they can't find someone to pay for the school, do they drop and allow for a "free" transfer to another school without penalty to the individual?

Posted by DirkCougler

2:06 PM, May 06, 2008

For those laughing at 'ol wazzu check out uw's rifle team's score before throwing glass at other's stoned houses.

Posted by Bob Condotta

2:32 PM, May 06, 2008

My understanding is that it's the next recruiting class this impacts, not the one coming in. They don't force you to lop off players who have already signed. As for players leaving early, the key is that they have to be in good academic standing when they leave. That was something tweaked early on in this process. The first year of the APR didn't differentiate because guys who leave early and aren't doing well academically and those who are. Now it does. So when Spencer Hawes left UW last year, he was doing well academically --- I think he won the team's scholar award if I remember right. So that didn't count against this. It does hurt the grad rate, but this is separate from the graduation rate charts you will see released at a different time. This explains why UCLA is doing so well despite having a bunch of guys leave early --- as long as they are doing well at the time they leave, the school doesn't take a hit. They're not looking to penalize schools for things they can't control --- a guy leaving early --- but for what they can --- how he does while he's there.

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