In some interesting news coming out of Xavier University this past week, the men’s basketball team will be without junior forward Isaiah Philmore for the first three games of the regular season due to a three year old paperwork misstep. Philmore, who was at Towson University before he transferred to Xavier, forgot to complete a validation form stating his amateur status before starting off his college basketball career.
There was nothing wrong with his amateur status but due to NCAA rules he must sit out 10 percent of the regular season games. Xavier’s athletic director Mike Bobinski said in a statement that “It’s frustrating that three years after his initial enrollment, this penalty has to be served. But it wasn’t discovered until he got to Xavier, through the normal checking process.”
This only hurts Xavier in the short run with an already depleted roster. The games Philmore will miss are against Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast), Butler, and Robert Morris (Northeast).
But the good thing is Philmore is still allowed to practice with the team and can compete in the closed scrimmage versus the West Virginia Mountaineers and the exhibition game versus Kentucky State (D-II).
When he comes back, the Musketeers will be getting a player, who averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season at Towson and who was sixth in scoring in the CAA.
His first game back in a Xavier uniform will be at the DirecTV Classic on November 22nd in Anaheim, California and his first home game will be against Vanderbilt on December 6th.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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