HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall's men's basketball team will head into this weekend's 2K Sports Classic - and the rest of the season - without its marquee member of its 2012 signing class.
Thundering Herd freshman point guard Kareem Canty has been declared ineligible by the NCAA for the 2012-13 season. Canty broke the news to his Twitter followers on Thursday
"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 can 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 disappointed 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 and his academic performance to date this semester has been terrific. Our basketball family will continue to support Kareem through this most disappointing experience."
Sources close to the program confirmed Canty's Wednesday night tweet that he could know the NCAA's decision as early as Thursday.
He was expected to compete right away for significant playing time.
Marshall announced before its Nov. 1 exhibition game against Bluefield (Va.) College that Canty would sit due to that eligibility issue.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Canty attended two schools last year, starting at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., before transferring after Christmas to Faith Baptist Christian in Brandon, Fla.