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Report: Xavier freshman Myles Davis ineligible this season

Sep 12, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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Yesterday, we wrote about Sam Cassell Jr. and the fact that he had been ruled ineligible to play college basketball this season.

It turns out he’s not the only player from his high school class that won’t be competing this season.

Myles Davis, a three-star point guard currently enrolled at Xavier, has been ruled ineligible to play this season. And not only will he not be taking the court for Chris Mack, Davis has lost two appeals and will not be allowed to practice with the team or receive aid from the school this year. That means that his father will be taking out a $30,000 loan to pay for his tuition this year.


Davis and Cassell both had classes they took in the 2011-12 school year invalidated by the NCAA largely because the NCAA put the Fitchburg, Mass., school on the “Watch List.” By the time Davis was notified by the NCAA that the school was under review, which Davis’ father told was last winter, it was too late to take any other classes to replace the ones invalidated by the NCAA because Davis was already in his fifth year.

“I can’t figure it all out,” said Sam Davis, Myles’ father. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

“When the classes were taken,” he added. “Notre Dame Prep wasn’t on any list. It’s just not fair.”

Davis had four core classes tossed out by the NCAA that he took his senior season: Novel and film, Biology 12, English 12 and 20th Century. Eight of his teammates who attended the exact same classes that year were deemed qualifiers and played last season: Todd Mayo (Marquette), Angel Nunez (Louisville), Khem Birch (Pittsburgh — now at UNLV), Grandy Glaze (Saint Louis), Zarko Valijarevic (Maine), Luka Radovic (South Carolina State), Devon McMillan (Fordham) and Jeff Short (Fordham).

There’s even more question marks surrounding this ruling.

For starters, Ricky Ledo — who was a teammate of Davis’ at Notre Dame Prep at one of his four stops during his high school career — will be allowed to practice and be on scholarship this year. It’s also worth noting that Davis carried a 2.6 GPA, according to his father, and attended summer school classes.

(I’m not even going to mention the fact that this is yet another blow to this year’s Xavier team, which lost Tu Holloway and Kenny Frease to graduation, Mark Lyons to transfer and Dez Wells to expulsion. Ok, maybe I am going to mention it.)

So you tell me: do you think Davis is getting a raw deal from the NCAA?

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. rca26 - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    If peeing your pants is cool, consider me…

  2. mazblast - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Nice going, “Coach” Mack. With your brilliant recruiting and your getting Dez kicked out of school via a kangaroo court, pretty soon you’ll have managed to undo 30-plus years of progress in the Musketeer program. We’ll be down to the kind of guys the team had when I attended XU–slow suburban Catholic guys who couldn’t land a scholarship elsewhere (but who were well-behaved and caused no trouble). Just as we used to get our a**es handed to us every time we played Dayton, Marquette, and ND back then (heck, we even lost to Ashland once), we’ll be getting it handed to us by Temple, Dayton et al in the A-10.

    A couple of years of this and maybe it’ll be apparent to the administration that all you have going for you as a coach is that you’re an alum of our fine university. Your days of winning via the players recruited by Sean Miller are over.

    And BTW, I don’t feel bad at all about giving up my season ticket a couple of years ago, even though it had nothing to do with the team’s play.

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