After spending two seasons at Houston, Alandise Harris made the decision to transfer.
The 6-foot-6 forward and original native of Little Rock decided to return home for his final two seasons of eligibility, choosing Arkansas and head coach Mike Anderson.
On Thursday however, with practice already underway and another season of college basketball closing in, Harris was denied a waiver per the Razorbacks’ request.
Anderson announced the NCAA’s decision during a speaking engagement in Fayetteville, according to ArkansasSports360.com.
The appeal had gone through on the heels of Harris’ decision to transfer, citing family reasons in his effort to hit the hardwood immediately. The decision by the NCAA forces Harris to sit out the 2012-13 season before becoming eligible to play for the Razorbacks next year.
Harris became a viable threat for Houston before transferring, averaging 9.4 points as a freshman and then increasing that scoring number to 13.3 in 2011-12. In addition to his offensive output last year, Harris also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
With Marshawn Powell returning from injury this season and star guard B.J. Young leading the team in the back court, the Razorbacks are more than expected to see improvements this upcoming season. While not having Harris on the court this season does weaken Arkansas’ depth, the good news is that he will retain two years of eligibility beginning next season.
The NCAA ruling comes on the heels of another decision involving Iona guard and Iowa State transfer Tavon Sledge. The guard was granted immediate eligibility and will suit for the Gaels this season, a big boost for head coach Tim Cluess.
Arkansas opens up the season on Nov. 9 against visiting Sam Houston State.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse