Mar 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta watches the final seconds of their game against Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 71-67. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Basketball: Freshman D'Angelo Russell Not Cleared to Join Team

The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball program and head coach Thad Matta are going to have a bit of rebuilding to do next season, and that cause got no help on Tuesday with the news that one of the more highly touted incoming freshmen,  guard D’Angelo Russell, has not had his transcript cleared by the NCAA, meaning he will not be able to join the team this summer.

The highest-rated of the four incoming freshmen on the Ohio State men’s basketball team did not begin the summer semester with his teammates yesterday.

Guard D’Angelo Russell, a McDonald’s All-American from Louisville, Ky., who is expected to challenge for a starting position next season, has not had his high-school academic transcript cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Matta released just a brief statement regarding the situation on Tuesday.

“We are hoping to have him here soon,” coach Thad Matta said in a text message in confirming Russell’s absence.

This is not good news, however it’s not the end of the world neither. We’ve seen these cases before, and everything should end up getting resolved in the end.

The only problem with this is the time frame in which the resolution takes place. When dealing with matters such as this, the NCAA aren’t exactly the quickest workers in the world.

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