Neeser’s eligibility resorted in time for season opener
Jason Neeser prepared himself to sit on the bench in street clothes when the Dartmouth Big Green traveled to New Britain, Conn., for the season-opening basketball tournament in New Britain, Conn.
But a piece of paper told him that he could suit up with the rest of his Big Green teammates against Colgate on Friday.
“I was a little nervous when I read that I was eligible,” said Neeser, who was cleared to play by the Ivy League after allowing his transfer credits from the University of Nevada.
“They made it look like I was behind, and that’s kind of silly because I’ll be done academically at the end of this year regardless.”
With the eligibility mess behind him, the 6-foot-4 off-guard must now show coach Dave Faucher that he’s deserving of playing time.
“It’s been a little slow. Some of my quickness and athletic ability have taken awhile to come back,” said Neeser, who didn’t try out for the Big Green after returning to the school following a year and a half in the Nevada program. “The past week or so I’ve felt pretty close to being my old self. It’s nice to compete and be in shape again.”
Neeser, a reserve for Faucher during 1996-97 season, shocked his coach by announcing his intentions to transfer before the 1997-98 season. Despite their unamicable split, Faucher showed no resentment by welcoming him back this fall.
“He’s been cordial and fair,” Neeser said. “He’s not the best communicator, but so far it’s been fine.”
Neeser didn’t appear in either of Dartmouth’s contest over the weekend – a 68-65 victory over Colgate and a 63-61 setback to Central Connecticut – and the former STHS sharpshooter is curious as to what his role will be for the remainder of the season.
“At some point I want to go into his office and talk to him about it,” Neeser said. “But I can’t worry about it until my game is where it should be.”
Neeser may find out what the role is tonight when the Big Green plays its home opener against NCAA Division III’s Keene State.
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