One of the Colonels’ most solid contributors towards the end of last season will not be with the team for at least the first semester.

Forward Jorge Camacho, who was set to begin his sophomore campaign this year, is not currently enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University and is therefore ineligible to compete with the team.

Camacho, a native of Hermosillo, Mexico, was trying out for the junior national team this summer, but due to an issue with his immigration papers, he has not been allowed to return to the United States, according to sources close to the program.

Camacho played in all 31 games during his freshman season and averaged six points per game. EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said in an interview before issues with Camacho’s status arose that he had made great strides to set himself apart during spring workouts.

“We really thought that Jorge was the most improved player in the spring,” Neubauer said. “He had a good freshman year and got better in the spring workouts.”

The loss — at least temporarily, little is known about whether he will be able to return at all this season — comes as a harsh blow to the Colonels, who were looking for solid contributors with experience after the loss of last season’s leading scorer, Mike Rose.

Colonel fans will get a first look at this season’s team on Thursday, during the Halloween Hoopfest at McBrayer Arena. The annual beginning-of-season show, which features a dunking contest, three-point challenge and scrimmages for both the men’s and women’s teams, will begin at 7 p.m.

The first game of the season will be on Nov. 14 against West Virginia Wesleyan.

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