Marist offers hoops star a scholarship, then quickly rescinds it

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Cody Joyce was on top of the world. A recent graduate from Harwood (Md.) Southern High, the southern Maryland prep hoops star finally settled on a school, accepting a scholarship from Marist College on June 26 after an official visit to the school that included meetings with coaches, prospective teammates and a quick game of pickup.

Southern basketball star Cody Joyce
Southern basketball star Cody Joyce

Finally, Joyce felt he could relax. Then, days later, his world was torn apart because of an administrative decision by the Marist athletic director. According to the Annapolis Capital, Marist AD Tim Murray told basketball coach Chuck Martin he had to rescind the scholarship offer to Joyce.

"Cody was shocked and crushed," Brenda Medhurst, Joyce's mother, told The Capital. "He was so happy to have settled on a school, and now this. He is a little disillusioned about the entire process right now."

When Brenda Medhurst contacted Murray himself, she was given little additional reason for the scholarship being rescinded. Officially, Murray claimed that Marist was "overenrolled" for the 2011-12 school year, but when Ms. Medhurst tried to push him further on when the school surpassed its capacity, the official became curt.

"We're over-enrolled and I stand by my position. That's it," Medhust told the Capital Murray told her on the phone.

While Cody Medhurst had received interest from other Division I schools like New Hampshire and University of Maryland Baltimore County, those programs appeared to be scared off by Marist's more fervent interest in recent months. All of that led to the scholarship offer Joyce held only briefly, a quagmire which has now left him searching for immediate options.

The Capital's Bill Wagner reported that Medhurst will probably be boxed into attending either a Division II school or a military academy for a prep year, as there is not enough time for him to find an alternate Division I or Division III school where he could play basketball. In the meantime, the entire Medhurst family is left disillusioned with the recruiting process, all while trying to determine whether or not to spend upwards of $20,000 to attend a prep school for a post-graduate year.

"A lot is off the table now. We are back to square one and running out of time," Brenda Medhurst said.

"It just seems like the process kind of betrayed him a little bit this time," Medhurst said. "But he's a kid that I'm sure will be resilient. He's going to make the best of whatever happens, and we'll go from there. I'm sure when August comes, whatever school he's at will have an outstanding student-athlete."

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