COLUMBIA — A day before a key deadline, no official ruling has been announced as to whether Missouri men's basketball recruit Tony Mitchell will be ruled eligible to play for the Tigers this season.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound small forward that Rivals.com rated as the No. 12 high school recruit in the nation last year, is waiting for the NCAA to declare him academically eligible in order to enroll in classes and join the Tigers. However, the deadline to enroll at MU is Tuesday, and there still is no word on the NCAA's decision.
“There is no update at this time," Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson said during the Big 12 Conference media call on Monday morning. “Hopefully, soon."
The NCAA is investigating questions about high school credits Mitchell brought with him from Center of Life Academy in Miami when he transferred to Pinkston High School in Dallas. Fourteen of those credits were nontransferable, and make-up credits ended up being taken away because of disputed testing.
Later on Monday at the team’s media day, Anderson still had little information about word on a ruling.
“I don’t know if it’s the drop dead date or the last effort to get him in,” Anderson said. “I don’t know. I’m being honest with you, I don’t know because I’m focusing on these guys right now.”
The Tigers (17-3, 3-2 Big 12), who were ranked No. 11 in this week's AP poll, are preparing to play at No. 7 Texas on Saturday. The Longhorns (16-3, 4-0) are the only Big 12 team without a conference loss.
MU spokesperson Mary Jo Banken said that according to the MU Registrar’s Office, Mitchell can still enroll as a full-time student for the second eight-week session of the 2011 spring semester at MU even if he misses Tuesday’s deadline to enroll for the full semester.
But the second eight-week session begins on March 14, which is also the opening week of this season's NCAA basketball tournament. In order for students to participate in athletics, they must be enrolled full-time.
The deadline to enroll for the second session of the spring semester is March 16.