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St. Joseph’s guard ‘Yah’ Davis academically ineligible for season

December 23, 1997

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Arthur `Yah’ Davis, a key member of the St. Joseph’s team that made the Sweet 16 last season, has been declared academically ineligible for the rest of this season.

In August, the school said the sophomore would be ineligible for the first five games, but that the 6-foot-4 Philadelphia native could return if his grades improved during the fall semester.

Davis, who averaged 14.7 points and 4.2 rebounds and made a school-record 65 3-pointers, failed to meet the requirements needed to restore his eligibility at the completion of the first semester.

``Arthur has been given the opportunity, the support system, and he possesses the natural intelligence to meet the academic standards,″ Hawks coach Phil Martelli said Monday.

``I, along with everyone in the St. Joseph’s community, will continue to provide Arthur with any needed support,″ Martelli said. ``However, the responsibility to perform falls on his shoulders.″

The Hawks won the Atlantic 10 championship and finished No. 12 in The Associated Press poll last season. They are 2-3 this season.

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