Ohio State freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has been ruled ineligble, according to a release from the university athletic department.
“Freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has not been cleared to compete for the Ohio State men's basketball team by the NCAA Eligibility Center," Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith said in the release. "He is eligible to practice but not compete until the issue is resolved.”
Mitchell is one of five true freshman on Ohio State's roster and came to the Buckeyes as a four-star forward from Plano West High School in Texas.
Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta praised Mitchell as a passer and thought he could be used as a sort of point forward despite standing 6-7.
"One guy that can play the point is Mickey Mitchell just with his size and his understanding of the game," the coach said at Ohio State media day. "If we need him to do that, we can definitely use that. It makes us a very, very big basketball team.”
Sophomore Kam Williams agreed that Mitchell was a player that could help the team this season.
"Mickey is one of the best passers I’ve ever played with," the shooting guard said. "He can see a play like three frames before it even happens."
For now Mitchell, the only member of Ohio State's 2015 class not ranked among the top 100 recruits in the nation, will only be able to help the Buckeyes in practice.