MADISON – With no player over 6-9 on its roster, the addition of 6-11 freshman forward Andy Van Vliet was seen as a huge addition to Wisconsin's 2015-16 roster. For one night, and possibly longer, the Badgers won't have Van Vliet in their rotation.
It was announced that Van Vliet will not dress for Wisconsin’s exhibition contest vs. UW-River Falls tonight while a pending eligibility issue is resolved.
NCAA rules state that prospective student-athletes have one year to enroll in a collegiate institution following their high school graduation or expected graduation date. Van Vliet played basketball as an amateur outside of that one-year window, which has resulted in the eligibility issue. Van Vliet played for the Antwerp Giants on its “B” team in 2014-15 and regularly scrimmaged against and has played with the team’s “A” roster
Citing factors outside of Van Vliet’s control, UW Athletics filed a waiver with the NCAA. UW was informed Wednesday afternoon that the waiver was denied and UW plans to appeal as soon as possible.
Born in Belgium, Van Vliet has been a fixture on the Belgian youth national team, competing in the European Championship on the nation’s U16, U18 and most recently the U20 team in July of 2015. He averaged 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game during the 2015 European Championship, helping Belgium to its highest-ever finish (8th place).
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan will address the media following tonight's exhibition game.