Last year, just about this time, Jabari Bird’s family and his head coach were scrambling to get the 6-5 Benicia High School transfer to Salesian-Richmond reinstated with his high school basketball eligibility. It seems that there were a few oversights on his CIF/NCS Form 510 failing to disclose his contact and affiliations with his new high school, Salesian-Richmond. One oversight being that Jabari Bird’s father did not report that his son had played on an AAU team during the summer with a Salesian-Richmond basketball player at his new transfer high school.
Long story, short, Jabari Bird’s eligibility was eventually reinstated, but numerous Salesian-Richmond games still needed to be forfeited.
Given that Jabari Bird’s basketball talent had not only attained regional attention but national attention, his decision on which high school to play coul