After insisting he will not be leaving St. Anthony Catholic School despite being ruled ineligible to play in the Texas Association of Parochial and Private Schools (TAPPS), Charles Bassey’s loyalty to St. Anthony will be rewarded as he prepares to return into playing for the Yellow Jackets without the encumbrances of the TAPSS area.
A petition filed by persons sympathetic to St. Anthony Catholic High after a ruling by TAPPS board prevented Bassey and four other kids from playing in the area will see the school move from TAPPS to the Texas Christian Athletic League.
Rene Escobedo, St. Anthony principal announced on Monday 5 December that the school will be joining the Texas Christian Athletic League, consequently, end St. Anthony’s 19-year association with TAPPS.
Escobedo added that the 6’10 Bassey, from Nigeria and a top prospect in the United States, will now be able to compete for the Yellow Jackets. Sam Chaput, Ousmane Ndim, Jordan Persad, and Obi Prosper will also be able to compete for the team as a result of the development.
TAPS was due to make a final ruling on the eligibility of Ndim and Prosper on Monday but St. Anthony announced its withdrawal from TAPPS before a decision was made.
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