News that many were expecting finally came to the surface this afternoon. Freshman monster Steve McElvene was officially ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA.
The Dayton Daily Worker reports:
Freshman center Steve McElvene will be able to practice but not play for Dayton in the 2014-15 season, UD announced Friday, after being ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA.
“We are disappointed for Steve, and of course Steve is very disappointed,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said in a press release. “But, as a member of our team, he will be involved in everything we do. This is a great opportunity for him to spend the next year to develop on and off the court to be the best player he can be at the start of next season, and prepare himself for a very successful college career.”
McElvene is a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center from New Haven, Ind. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks last season.
McElvene was the only player on the roster who didn’t practice with the team during the summer. He arrived on campus days after the start of classes and has been practicing with the team since then.
Without McElvene, Dayton will have 10 scholarship players available for the 2014-15 season. Practice officially begins Oct. 4.
The real concern going forward is the lack of depth up front. With McElvene out of the picture, Dayton will rely on Jalen Robinson (maybe?) and Devon Scott to man the middle. Someone get Alex Gavrilovic on the line.
McElvene will have four years of eligibility if he can graduate on time.
Sexaul assault, domestic violence and partial qualifiers. We have fun, don’t we?