The Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball program received some good news today as freshman Damon Wilson received NCAA clearance and is now eligible to play. The update on Wilson’s status was reported by both ESPN and Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
The issue with Wilson’s eligibility came from the fact that he attended Our Savior New American, a private school in Long Island, New York that has been under NCAA investigation for some time now. In fact, one of the top recruits in the nation, Kansas Jayhawks big man Cheick Diallo, also went there and has yet to be cleared. In another case, one-time Alabama commit Kobie Eubanks was declared ineligible.
But just the same, Wilson’s clearance is a good sign for players like Diallo. It means that though some players who attended OSNA were ineligible, it’s looking like it probably wasn’t because of the school.
Now, Wilson can suit up for the Panthers and help the team make some noise in the ACC. The 6-foot-5 point man from Georgia may not see extended minutes as a freshman, but can still make enough of an impact off the bench with his scoring and playmaking abilities that Pitt could very well be a dark horse team to watch in the 2015-16 season.
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