The NCAA declared Friday afternoon, hours before Rutgers' first game of the season, that freshman forward Junior Etou will be forced to miss six games this season.
The NCAA said Etou accepted impermissible benefits "from a third party from overseas during the Fall of 2012. This decision was rendered as part of his amateurism certification condition. Impermissible benefits are those benefits provided to an individual based on their status as an athlete, unless other NCAA rules permit the benefit in question," according to Rutgers' release.
“We are thankful to have resolution on this matter,” first-year coach Eddie Jordan said in a statement. “Junior is acclimating well to the university environment and working hard every day in practice. We look forward to having him on the floor.”
Etou, who is a 6-7 forward, is from the Republic of the Congo. His grades were cleared over the summer by the NCAA, which made him able to practice with the team following waiver clearance by the NCAA. There were also questions initially about his true age. Since he's been deemed eligible, Etou becomes the third player -- in addition to Kerwin Okoro and J.J. Moore -- to receive eligibility waivers this season for RU.
Rutgers hosts Florida A&M Friday night. Etou's first available game will come on Nov. 23, when Rutgers plays William & Mary.