Baltimore native, Army veteran Isaiah Brock cleared to play basketball at Oakland

Oakland men’s basketball player and Baltimore native Isaiah Brock, an Army veteran who had been deemed ineligible this season because of poor high school grades, was cleared to play by the NCAA on Monday.

Oakland appealed the NCAA’s ruling Thursday, which was based on Brock’s academic profile when he graduated from Forest Park in 2011, and added a letter of support from U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop of Michigan, according to The Detroit News.

Brock, 22, a 6-foot-8 forward who was closer to 6 foot in high school, spent four years in the Army after leaving Baltimore. He served as a mortuary affairs specialist for his six-month deployments in Afghanistan and Kuwait, retrieving the bodies of dead soldiers from the battlefield and preparing them for burial.

Brock met Golden Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe during the Troops First Foundation’s Hardwood Classic in Kuwait, and Kampe, taken with his life story and intrigued by this athleticism, offered an athletic scholarship.

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