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The departure of Parker Jackson-Cartwright is a major blow to Loyola's hopes for section, state and national titles.


That's the only way to describe the news dropped by Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times on Friday afternoon.

Sondheimer reported that Arizona-bound point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright has withdrawn from Loyola in Los Angeles after admitting to academic misconduct.

Loyola head coach Jamal Adams seemingly confirmed via Twitter with a reluctant goodbye to his star floor general.Jackson-Cartwright signed with Arizona in November and is regarded as a Top 100 senior recruit by 247Sports.

The development is devastating for Loyola, which is currently 22-1 and ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps. We profiled the Cubs as a contender for high school basketball's national title Thursday in this story.

Dethroning No. 1 Mater Dei for section and state titles seems unlikely without Jackson-Cartwright, who was averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 assists per game.

If there is a positive to take from the situation, it may be the reaction of the family. Refreshingly, they aren't pointing fingers.

"We learned from this. We're not blaming anyone. He's not blaming anyone," Jackson-Cartwright's mother Belinda told Sondheimer.

Loyola returns to the floor tonight against Mission League foe Crespi (Encino).