Curie gets OK to play in state basketball tournament

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By Mike Helfgot, Special to the Tribune
5:06 p.m. CST, March 3, 2014

Curie and star power forward Cliff Alexander will play in the boys state basketball tournament, but the top-ranked Condors’ two best perimeter players will not.

Chicago Public Schools provided the IHSA on Monday with a list of nine players who meet the IHSA’s academic requirements, but brothers Joseph and Josh Stamps were not on it, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Curie was stripped of its city championship and 24 victories by CPS on Friday and head coach Mike Oliver was suspended for using seven players who were ruled to be ineligible by CPS standards all season.

In its written verdict Friday evening, CPS declared Curie eligible for the IHSA tournament, but the IHSA delayed a decision until speaking with CPS officials Monday.

Curie, which had 12 players on its varsity roster, maintains its top seed in the Class 4A Marist Sectional and will take on Monday night’s Argo-DuSable winner in the regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at King.

The loss of senior guard Joseph Stamps and junior guard/forward Josh Stamps is a major blow to Curie’s chances of advancing out of the sectional, which includes No. 3 Young and No. 5 Simeon.

Curie beat Young 69-66 in four overtimes in the city championship game

Alexander, a 6-foot-8 Kansas recruit, and Young center Jahlil Okafor — bound for Duke — are arguably the two best players in the country.

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