Marshall basketball: Herd freshman declared ineligible
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.
He also played for Bridgton Academy in Maine and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High in Brooklyn.
He was ranked the nation's 19th best point guard recruit by ESPN.com, the 21st best by Scout.com and 25th best by Rivals.com.
With Canty unable to play, junior college transfer D.D. Scarver and junior DeAndre Kane have been the Thundering Herd's starting guards in the regular season's first two games.
Kane leads the Thundering Herd with 15 assists against five turnovers.
The Herd (1-1) learned the news as they arrived in New York for a three-games-in-three-days trip to the 2K Sports Classic.
Marshall will play District of Columbia (1-1) today, South Dakota State (1-1) on Saturday and Hofstra (0-2) on Sunday at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.
Marshall will try to bounce back from its 80-68 loss last Sunday at Villanova.
The Thundering Herd, who ranked 10th in Division I in rebounding margin last year, was outrebounded by the Wildcats 37-23 and pulled down only three offensive rebounds.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at email@example.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.