Mater Dei's Rembert Won't Play This Year for San Diego State

Kevin Rembert, a former Mater Dei High School basketball star, said Wednesday that he will not play his freshman season at San Diego State University as planned because he failed to meet NCAA freshman eligibility requirements.

Rembert, who helped Mater Dei win four consecutive Southern Section 5-A championships, said he will attend a community college, Arizona Western College at Yuma, rather than sit out his freshman season at SDSU.

Rembert failed to earn the necessary standardized test score to meet NCAA requirements under a rule commonly referred to as Proposition 48.

The decision for him to attend Arizona Western was reached about a week ago in consultation with the SDSU basketball coaching staff, Rembert said.

"We discussed that it wouldn't be good for me school-wise to go (to SDSU) and not be eligible," Rembert said. "College is a big adjustment, and not being able to play basketball would just be another burden. We decided it would be best for me to go somewhere where I could play and go to school.

He said he plans to transfer to SDSU to finish his college basketball career after he completes his schoolwork at Arizona Western.

Rembert, who is 6-feet 4-inches tall and weighs 195 pounds, averaged 15.5 points and 9 rebounds last season and was named to The Times' All-County boys' basketball team.

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