Boys BB: Top Loyola player leaves

Senior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who has signed with Arizona, leaves Loyola of Los Angeles after admitting to academic misconduct.

Four years ago, in a close call, point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright from Loyola of Los Angeles was chosen as the State Freshman of the Year over forward Stanley Johnson from Mater Dei of Santa Ana.

Fast forward to the second weekend in February. Johnson is now a strong favorite to be the 2014 Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year. Jackson-Cartwright, in contrast, will be not suiting up for his school again and will finish at a L.A. area public high school.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, Jackson-Cartwright withdrew from the school after admitting to the misconduct to school officials and apologizing.

According to the Arizona Star newspaper, the University of Arizona remains committed to honoring its scholarship with the standout point guard.

With Jackson-Cartwright helping lead the way along with McDonald’s All-American center Thomas Welsh, Loyola has been No. 2 in the state almost all season behind unbeaten No. 1 Mater Dei. The Cubs could still be formidable in a possible matchup with the Monarchs in the upcoming CIF Southern Section and CIF Southern California Open Division playoffs, but maybe not as formidable.

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