we've discussed this guy before - I think if you searched for him, you may be able to find the thread. It might have been deleted as well though, as it was old. Sorry - I'm too lazy to do it for you.
Yes - academics are holding him back. It was either Valdez or somebody else that said academics are really lacking with this guy, and he's most likely a JUCO. He is high on some lists, but not so much on others...I don't know why the discrepancy.