Eligibility Issues For Browne

One of the most consistent and promising freshmen the WVU men's basketball team had on its roster during the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League was Gary Browne. Whether the Puerto Rico native ever plays for the Mountaineers is uncertain at this time, as Browne has not met the NCAA's eligibility requirements.

Browne was conspicuously absent from reports released by the University after both of West Virginia's first two games on its tour of Italy -- a pair of blowout wins over a team from the Naval Air Station at Sigonella.

As BlueGoldNews.com's Kevin Kinder reported on the Silver Lot early Friday morning, Browne did not make the trip because of those eligibility concerns. There is no immediate indication when or if the issues will clear and allow Browne to play.

A 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Browne played at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla.

He had received recruiting interest from other schools, including Central Florida, Miami and Texas Tech, before committing to head coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineer program.

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