Marcus LoVett ruled partial qualifier, will not play for St. John’s this season
St. John’s freshman point guard Marcus LoVett has been ruled as a partial qualifier, the school announced on Wednesday afternoon.
LoVett can practice with the team, but he will not play any games this season.
“The University disagrees with the NCAA’s decision and the process it used in reviewing Marcus’ initial eligibility waiver request,” St. John’s interim athletic director and general counsel Joseph Oliva, Esq. said in a statement. “We have engaged in several conversations with the NCAA to express our concerns that their process may have violated Marcus’ legal rights. Unfortunately, it appears that the NCAA elected to disregard these concerns.
"We have advised Marcus and his family to consult with appropriate legal counsel about the options that may be available to challenge the NCAA ruling and the standards it applied in this process.”
The 6-foot point guard is a consensus four-star recruit and looked to be one of the bright spots in a rebuilding season for the Red Storm. LoVett wowed fans during the Red Storm Tip-Off with his flashy play several weeks ago, followed by a 22-point, eight-assists performance in the Red-White Scrimmage. Without LoVett available this season, that leaves fellow freshman Federico Mussini as the only point guard at Chris Mullin’s disposal. In two scrimmages — against two Division II teams — Mussini has recorded four assists and has committed 11 turnovers in 59 minutes of action.
However, it appears LoVett will fight the ruling, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post.
I've been told Marcus LoVett will likely hire a lawyer. Doesn't sound like this is end to this story. #sjubb
— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) November 11, 2015
St. John’s opens the season on Friday night against Wagner at Carnesecca Arena.