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Virginia Tech’s Malik Mueller ruled ineligible this season

Oct 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

James Johnson AP

Virginia Tech was already staring at the cellar of the loaded ACC this season, and James Johnson’s road to relevance got that much tougher on Monday evening.

The school announced that 6-foot-3 freshman Malik Mueller would be ineligible to play this season due to an issue with his academics.

“I am extremely disappointed for Malik, “ Johnson said in a statement. “This young man has worked very hard this summer both in workouts and in the classroom. I know that Malik will use this year to improve as a better basketball player and will continue his strong work in his academics. He will help this team in practice and from the sidelines.”

Mueller is a native of Germany and was expected to compete for playing time at the point guard spot.

Johnson signed six players in the Class of 2013, but Mueller is the second that will not be playing for the Hokies this season. Donte Clark, a borderline top 100 prospect, was not admitted to Tech for academic reasons. He eventually enrolled at UMass, where he was ruled a partial qualifier and will have to redshirt this season.

  1. petra11mueller - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    It is disappointing and unfortunate the NCAA would consider the high school degree that qualifies you to study at any German, most European as well as American Universities to be insufficient academic prove to declare a player eligible to compete in college basketball.
    Especially if she/he successfully passed additional testing foreign students go through to prove their academic fitness. There are several examples of foreign players who have been cleared for college sports in the U.S. who have had the same academic qualification.
    Aside from other aspects, it is discouraging to see that there seems to be an inconsistency when it comes to declaring players academically fit or not. – However, this experience will not remain just a disappointment since the players, coaches, the athletic department´s management, members of staff and supporters at VT have stood together through this decision and manifested what should never get lost in the world of competitive sports.

    This team already won something no one can take from them and what some will never have. And all even before the season started!

    Go Hokies!

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