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January 05, 2011

Kirkland ineligible for rest of basketball season

Coastal Carolina reserve guard Willie Kirkland will not be eligible to play the rest of the season, Chanticleers coach Cliff Ellis said Tuesday.

Kirkland, a 6-foot-4 junior, is in his first season at CCU after transferring from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida. He had averaged 5.1 points and 12.3 minutes in seven games off the bench.

Ellis acknowledged after the team's Dec. 20 win over Thomas More that Kirkland was out for academic reasons, but he said at the time that he did not know how long those issues would sideline Kirkland. On Tuesday, Ellis confirmed the guard will not play again this season.

"He is out. He is basically academically ineligible and will not play the rest of the season," Ellis said.

The Chants have plenty of depth at guard with junior Desmond Holloway and sophomores Kierre Greenwood and Danny Nieman locked in as starters, sophomore Anthony Raffa emerging as a key reserve and juniors Dexter Moore and guard/forward Brandon Crawford other options off the bench.

| Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com

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