Kilicli Out For 20 Games

West Virginia University freshman Deniz Kilicli will not participate in the first 20 regular season games of the 2009-10 basketball season, the school announced today.

The NCAA determined that prior to his enrollment at WVU, Kilicli played on a team in Turkey during the 2007-08 season, which included a professional player. This is not permissible under NCAA amateurism regulations.

Kilicli will be able to particpate in all other team activities, including practices and exhibition games. He will be eligible to return to competition when West Virginia hosts Pitt on Feb. 3.

A 6-foot-9 forward from Istanbul, Turkey, Kilicli attended Mountain State Academy in Beckley in 2008-09. Coach Bob Huggins will have no comment on the matter.

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