Marshall men's basketball: PG Canty declared ineligible
Marshall freshman point guard Kareem Canty has been declared ineligible by the NCAA for the 2012-13 basketball season. He broke the news to his Twitter followers Thursday afternoon.
"I just wanna say thank you to all the herd fans for everything but the NCAA ruled against me !!" the Harlem, N.Y. native wrote.
Canty will be able to keep his athletic scholarship for the 2012-13 season and rejoin the team in full capacity at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester. According to a university release, Marshall has exhausted all its available appeals.
"We are very surprised and extremely disappoinged in the decision by both the Eligibility Center and the NCAA regarding Kareem's initial eligibility," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said in a statement. "He excelled as a student in our summer sessions at Marshall ans his academic performance to date this semester has been teriffic. Our basketball family will continue to support Kareem through this most disappointing experience."
Marshall announced before its Nov. 1 exhibition game against Bluefield College that Canty would sit due to that eligibility issue. Canty attended two schools last year, starting at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., before transferring after Christmas to Faith Baptist Christian in Brandon, Fla. He also played for Bridgton Academy in Maine and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High in Brooklyn.
Canty was ranked the nation's 19th best point guard recruit by ESPN.com, it's 21st best by Scout.com and its 25th best by Rivals.com.
-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.