During a Q&A with Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority reported that the NCAA has denied an eligibility appeal for Mangok Mathiang.
While the news does sideline the 6-foot-10 Sudan-native for this upcoming season, it doesn’t hold much of an impact for the Cardinals. Pitino said that he had been planning on redshirting Mathiang regardless of the NCAA’s ruling.
While the decision was virtually made for him, Mathiang will sit the 2012-13 season before resume his collegiate career with four years of eligibility beginning next year.
Mathiang will be allowed to practice with the team, which ultimately gives him an excellent opportunity to learn behind the Cardinals’ current front court stars. Most notably, Gorgui Dieng, who has molded himself into a potential first round NBA Draft selection.
Mathiang, who was an original member of the class of 2013, made the decision late into the summer to leave IMG Academy (FL) and enroll at Louisville. The future is bright for the raw talent if he can find his own niche within the Cardinals’ offense down the line. There is no denying his size and potential, which serves as just another reason why this upcoming year could be a solid learning curve moving forward.
Louisville is widely-considered as one of the top threats in the country heading into the season and the depth for Pitino should be made clear early on.
Mathiang was cleared academically shortly after enrolling at the university.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse