University of Missouri

August 29, 2014

Missouri guards Keith Shamburger, Tramaine Isabell cleared to play

Missouri men’s basketball point guards Keith Shamburger and Tramaine Isabell have been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center and can play during the 2014-15 season.

Missouri men’s basketball point guards Keith Shamburger and Tramaine Isabell have been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center and can play during the 2014-15 season.

Shamburger, a senior transfer from Hawaii, started his career at San Jose State. He is eligible immediately as a graduate transfer after completing his bachelor’s degree this summer.

He arrived on campus last week to enroll at Missouri, but wasn’t formally cleared to play until his transcripts were processed by the NCAA.

Isabell’s situation was murkier.

His name surfaced in a Seattle Times report two weeks ago about new Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s efforts to attract basketball talent to the Lakeside School, an elite private school in Seattle.

Isabell — who lived at times with a wealthy lawyer and Lakeside booster, Rich Padden, at a $6 million mansion on Lake Washington — attended the private school from eighth grade through his junior year before transferring to Garfield.

The NCAA scrutinized the arrangement, but declared Isabell eligible.

As a senior, Isabell helped lead Garfield to the Washington 4A state championship. He originally committed to Washington State, but reopened his recruitment after Ken Bone was fired last spring.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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