Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith announced on Tuesday that freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has not yet been cleared by the NCAA to play in games this season.
Mitchell is a 6-7 forward that was considered by most recruiting services to be a four-star player in the Class of 2015. He was a bit more highly regarded before suffering injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons to a knee and his back, but 247Sports had him as the No. 119 player in the country according to their final composite rankings.
If healthy, Mitchell could be one of the most fun players to watch at some point during his college basketball career. He plays an entertaining style of basketball predicated on tremendous vision and passing ability.
>>Oregon Starting PG Out Month With Foot Injury
Already, Oregon is going to be without one of the two major pieces they brought in to replace last year's Pac-12 Player of the Year Joseph Young.
After last night's 92-44 drubbing of Northwest Christian, Ducks' coach Dana Altman announced that guard Dylan Ennis will be out for upward of a month with a foot injury.
The Oregon coach learned he will be without senior transfer Dylan Ennis for at least one month and maybe longer because of a foot injury. Although new to the team, Ennis had already become a vocal leader for the Ducks and was likely the starting point guard.
After Oregon beat Northwest Christian 92-44 in a men's basketball exhibition game Tuesday night in front of 5,499 at Matthew Knight Arena, Altman said quote-“I'm not sure what we are going to do to be real honest. I had Dylan playing quite a few minutes. We will have to re-evaluate a lot of things and make some adjustments."
The 6-2 guard, who played the last two seasons at Villanova after starting his career at Rice, averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 assists last year while starting all 36 games for the Wildcats.
With his injury, the lead ball-handling responsibilties could fall to freshman Tyler Dorsey. Dorsey was a highly sought-after recruit that improved his stock this summer after a terrific showing with the Greek national team at the U19 World Championships.
>>Kansas Freshman To Likely Miss First Exhibition Game
Kansas coach Bill Self told CBS Sports on Tuesday morning that unless the NCAA clears Cheick Diallo by Wednesday night the five-star recruit will not play in the Jayhawks' exhibition game against Pittsburg State at Allen Fieldhouse.
"We'll hold him out if he isn't cleared," Self said.
Diallo is the highest-profile freshman still waiting for academic clearance from the NCAA. The issue, a source has told CBS Sports, stems from his time at Our Savior New American, a private school in New York where Diallo, a native of Mali, spent the past three years before becoming the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 McDonald's All-American game.
There is no timetable for a resolution.
Still, KU officials are optimistic they'll know something soon.
Kansas is ranked fourth in the preseason AP poll.
The Jayhawks open the regular season against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13.
>>North Carolina G Paige Out 3-4 Weeks
North Carolina, the preseason No. 1 team in the country, is already dealing with injury woes.
The school announced on Wednesday that point guard Marcus Paige, a preseason All-American and the No. 15 player on CBS Sports' preseason Top 100 (and one) ranking, will miss three-to-four weeks with a fracture in the third metacarpal of his right (non-shooting) hand.
Paige was also named the co-preseason player of the year in the ACC by the media. He averaged 14.1 points and 4.5 assists per game last season despite struggling through injuries last season.
In the grand scheme, Paige is the one player this North Carolina team seems ill-equipped to lose.