A former Southwind High School basketball player initially ruled ineligible by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is back on the court.
A judge’s ruling Monday reversed the TSSAA’s denial of a hardship transfer for Andrew Anderson to play at Tipton-Rosemark Academy in Millington.
The ruling comes the same week two other Shelby County high school basketball eligibility cases will be heard at chancery court.
Tuesday, an attorney for Anderson’s mother questioned whether Memphis-area players are unfairly being targeted by the TSSAA.
“If Andrew hadn’t been allowed to move, it would have destroyed him emotionally,” says Jeff Land.
Jeff land represents the mother of Andrew Anderson, who played at Southwind last year as a sophomore, and transferred to Tipton-Rosemark Academy for a new environment.
“The gang influence, and that’s what precipitated the move, from a large school to a small Christian academy where there would be no gang influence,” says Land.
The TSSAA initially denied a hardship transfer for Anderson to play at Tipton-Rosemark, but a Shelby County judge reversed that Monday, allowing the former Southwind player back on the court for the foreseeable future.
That ruling comes the same week two other eligibility cases involving Shelby County high school basketball players will be heard in chancery court.
That includes East High School standouts Ryan Boyce and James Wiseman, who were initially ruled ineligible by the TSSAA for the entire season because they played on Penny Hardaway’s Team Penny summer team.
SCS leaders are challenging that ruling.
“You get it done, you can get rules revised, you can get people in there representing TSSAA that put the children first,” says Land.
A TSSAA spokesperson pushed back on that allegation in a statement, which said: “Our staff is charged with the enforcement and administration of the rules that are put in place by the more than 400-member schools. The rules are applied the same to all member schools in the association.”
The TSSAA spokesperson added any member school can make a proposal to change rules. Rules are typically changed or tweaked every year by the association’s legislative council.