McLean, a transfer from Westchester Community College, is the fourth player to be ruled ineligible as a result of an investigation into their WCC transcripts. St. John's forward Keith Thomas was ruled ineligible last week. Damien Davis and Jamall Walker of Florida A&M were also ruled ineligible.
A Quinnipiac spokeswoman told Higgins that the NCAA has granted McLean a waiver that allows him to stay in school, but he cannot practice or play with the team.
The scandal at WCC was first revealed by The Journal-News, which quoted an anonymous Division I assistant coach as saying, "I knew the transcripts were fake the minute I saw them."
The coach said the transcripts showed unexpectedly high GPAs and heavier than usual course loads. Thomas' transcript showed he took 21 credits, according to The Journal-News, while the NCAA requires junior college transfers to average 12 credit-hours.
McLean and Thomas led WCC to the NJCAA National Tournament last season.
- Dan Gartland