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Immigration Officials: NCSU Basketball Player In U.S. Illegally

Posted October 12, 2005

— Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents said Tuesday that

Gavin Grant

, a sophomore basketball player for N.C. State University, faces possible deportation.

ICE agents said Grant, who moved to The Bronx, N.Y., from Jamaica when he was 9 years old, does not have valid paperwork to be in the country.

Grant was questioned by immigration officers two weeks ago and ordered to attend a hearing in Atlanta.

The schedule of that hearing has not been set. At this time, Grant is free on bond and continues to practice with the team.

Officials said if he cannot provide the judge with proper paperwork, Grant could face possible deportation.

N.C. State officials said Tuesday that on his college application, Grant indicated that he was not a U.S. citizen, but he intended to apply for citizenship.

"Those of us who know Gavin, recognize that he's a wonderful young man," said Herb Sendek, N.C. State's men's basketball head coach. "He's a true gentleman whose working hard to pursue his degree at N.C. State."

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