Villanova’s prized 5-star freshman recruit — Omari Spellman — will not be eligible during the 2016-17 basketball season and will spend the year as an academic redshirt, the school announced Friday.
NCAA initial eligibility review has determined that freshman F Omari Spellman will not be eligible to compete for Villanova this season.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 23, 2016
The 6-foot-9 big man still has four years of eligiblity remaining.
“We are extremely disappointed for Omari,” Wright said. “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.
“We will make a positive out of this for Omari. He will concentrate on his academics and individual development this season. In the long run Omari will be a better student and player for this experience.”
Spellman was expected to make an instant impact for the defending national champions, who lost key forward Daniel Ochefu to graduation at the end of last season.