The NCAA has declared Missouri men’s basketball recruit Tony Mitchell to be academically ineligible. Mitchell now has the option of either enrolling in junior college, or at a 4-year university as a student. If Mitchell chooses the latter, than he cannot play basketball until he has completed at least one year of eligibility.
“I’m very disappointed for Tony and his family,” Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. “Tony is an outstanding young man, someone that has worked diligently to attend our university. He has shown great resolve during a difficult situation and we will continue to do whatever is allowable to help him as we move forward.”
Questions were raised about Mitchell’s grades after he transferred to Pinkston High School in Dallas from Center of Life Academy in Miami, Fla.
The NCAA said in its release that, in order to compete at the Division I level, a student must achieve a 2.0 GPA (based on a maximum of 4.00) in 16 core courses and present a qualifying score on either the SAT or ACT. Core courses are primarily English, math, foreign language, social studies and science classes with an emphasis on college preparation.