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Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:40 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 8:00 am
While we wait on Kansas' Josh Selby and Kentucky's Enes Kanter, we know this: Missouri freshman Tony Mitchell will not play for the Tigers in the fall semester because he wasn't cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center in time for the start of classes, coach Mike Anderson has announced.

“Tony’s case with the NCAA Eligibility Center remains under review,” Anderson said. “However, with our fall enrollment deadline having passed, he will be unable to join our program at this time."

In other words, Mitchell -- a consensus top 20 recruit from the Class of 2010 -- hasn't quite been ruled ineligible; he's just not eligible yet thanks to multiple red flags about his academic background. Anderson said he's "hopeful" Mitchell will be cleared in time to join Missouri for the spring semester. If not, it's a development that could affect the Tigers' hope of reaching the Final Four in Houston.

Meantime, the status of Selby and Kanter -- two other consensus top 20 recruits -- remains uncertain.

Both are facing amateurism questions from the NCAA.


Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 5:38 pm

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

As a Mizzou fan it would really be nice for the this kid to get his crap together, with him I believe we have a real shot at contending with KU this season. As a top 20 recruit in any sport if you can't make the grades with all the help they get from their school they must be real stupid. Without proper education it's no wonder many of these guys go on to make millions only to go in debt due to lack of knowledge on how to properly manage money. If you can't make the grades you don't play. The average joe isn't going to be given a quality job with out a proper education, why should they?

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:31 am

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

Well, they shouldnt take money in AAU or HS ball. They should worry about HS and passing! What the heck is 1 yr of college going to get them? they will take 12 hrs... Mostly electives no hard classes, have a tutor "help" them with any assignments they might turn... wait till basketball season is over in March then drop out and start getting ready for the draft????

Get a life man, REAL world

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2010 9:19 pm

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

Unforunately, too many of us tend to generalize about these types of situations, then proceed with making statements of fact that are actually fiction.  I don't know the true NCAA process for eligibility, but if you have too many circumstances to be investigated by the Clearing House, then too bad.  I can't stand Duke, but they, and Mich. State, are two consistent and prime examples of recruiting players who are around for 3 and 4 years.  The NFL requires you to be 3 years removed from high school, not just 2 years in college.  Basketball should follow that model, in my opinion, so that if you don't intend to stay around for the academics, then don't go at all.  Play in some other league so we don't get excited that you're coming to our school for possibly 1 year.  I'll end my rant for now.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:10 am

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

I don't get this at all. Has the NCAA not known about Selby, Canter, and Mitchell for atleast a year being ranked in the top 20 in this years recruiting class. How long does it take to figure out if they would be eligible? they've had at least 8 months to investigate these cases. If they need more people to look into these matters there are about 10% of the country that would be willing to go to work for them. I know they have the money to hire some more people to hurry this process up. The NCAA is a joke. And the only ones they are really hurting are these kids. Have a lot more to say but Im going to bite my tongue for now.

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 2:21 pm

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

That's a great point.  Although it's hard to compete if you don't get the top talent into a class, even for just one year.  Not that that strategy has worked out too well as of late (eg Kentucky, Memphis).  At least in terms of winning it all.  Don't get me wrong it certainly brought a ton of attention to these programs, but in the end it just didn't pay off.  I say either ditch the one year rule and develop a true minor league for the NBA, or make it a two year minimum like the NFL.  But that will never happen....

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:43 pm

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

If we would just stop recruiting one-and-doners with questionable academic backgrounds, we wouldn't have these problems.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:59 pm

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

It's a purely selfish thing.  The NCAA wants to avoid another situation where they are the ones left with egg on their face like Memphis, so they are foot dragging in the interest of seeming to be doing an 'intensive' review.  In some cases it isn't entirely the NCAA's fault, such as Enes Kanter's former Turkish club not wanting to cooperate and provide documents because it isn't their concern to help him get eligible.  I'm guessing that these are test cases for the new 'basketball focus group.'

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:43 pm

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

I'm an academic, and regarding Kansas and Selby, a homer.  But what I can't figure is if the NCAA is all about helping the kids with their education - as we often hear - why in the world can't they make up their minds about these students prior to the start of classes.  Here we potentially have three kids who chose not to go overseas but instead attend school for at least a year, and the NCAA is dragging its feet in making a decision about their eligibility.  Seems rather hypocritical to me.

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