MORGANTOWN — Josh Eilert’s basketball roster at WVU is not a “Who’s That?”
Just lately, the Mountaineers have develop into extra of “Who’s Left?”
The newest setback amongst many got here Tuesday, as the college introduced that place to begin guard Kerr Kriisa was suspended for the primary 9 video games this season after it was found he had accepted “impermissible advantages” whereas enjoying at Arizona.
Kriisa performed at Arizona from 2020-23; one 12 months with Sean Miller and the final two seasons underneath Tommy Lloyd.
“In late August 2023, West Virginia College discovered of a possible eligibility concern for males’s basketball switch student-athlete Kerr Kriisa, who admitted to receiving impermissible advantages whereas enrolled on the College of Arizona,” WVU’s assertion started. “West Virginia labored cooperatively with the NCAA Pupil-Athlete Reinstatement Workers to succeed in an acceptable decision.”
That decision was a nine-game suspension, that means Kerr gained’t be eligible to play till the Dec. 16 sport towards UMass within the Basketball Corridor of Fame Traditional.
WVU’s assertion additionally stated Kriisa will be capable of proceed to apply and journey with the group.
“He accepts accountability for his actions at Arizona and appears ahead to becoming a member of his Mountaineers teammates on the ground,” the assertion concluded.
There is no such thing as a phrase on what the advantages really have been or once they have been accepted. Eilert has a often scheduled press convention on Thursday.
As for WVU’s roster, relying on the standing of senior ahead Akok Akok, the Mountaineers could possibly be opening the season with simply eight scholarship gamers. The NCAA restrict is 13.
Akok, a switch from Georgetown, collapsed to the ground in final week’s exhibition sport towards George Mason.
He was rushed to Ruby Memorial Hospital, the place he was later secure and responsive. Akok was again dwelling on Monday, however no phrase has but been given if he’s in a position to play.
The group can also be ready to listen to a ultimate determination on the eligibility standing of guard RaeQuan Battle.
The NCAA not too long ago denied his bid for a waiver. WVU despatched its enchantment on that call to the NCAA Committee for Legislative Reduction on Monday and is hopeful a ultimate determination gained’t take greater than a few weeks.
Within the preseason, Eilert dismissed guard Jose Perez for a violation of group guidelines and the NCAA additionally denied guard Omar Silverio a waiver for eligibility, which introduced his faculty profession to an finish.
WVU additionally has guard Noah Farrakhan sitting out this season on account of NCAA switch guidelines.