Villanova’s Omari Spellman ruled ineligibile for 2016-17 season

Villanova freshman Omari Spellman has been ruled ineligible for the 2016-17 season as he did not meet initial eligibility requirements in time, the NCAA announced.

Spellman will miss the upcoming season as an academic redshirt and still have four years of eligibility remaining. He arrived at Villanova as a five-star recruit out of St. Thomas More School in Connecticut.

“We are extremely disappointed for Omari,” head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “While we don't agree with the NCAA's decision, we are members of the association and respect it. We understand why the NCAA felt it had to rule this way.”

Spellman had started ninth grade at a public school before transferred to a private school, where he was classified as an eighth grader. Villanova reported the case to the NCAA.

The Wildcats are expected to use Darryl Reynolds, Dylan Painter and Tim Delaney in his absence.

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