Just in: Pat Chambers said freshman Mike Watkins was not cleared by the NCAA for this season.— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 14, 2015
It's never easy with Penn State basketball. Speaking after today's 62-50 win over VMI, head coach Patrick Chambers confirmed what was rumored on message boards for a few days: that freshman Mike Watkins, a 6'8" 245lb freshman from Philadelphia, has not been cleared to play by the NCAA this season.
The specifics have not been announced as of yet, but it seems that Watkins, a product of The Phelps School and previously Math, Civics and Science HS in Philadelphia, has not met eligibility guidelines. VCU's Samir Doughty, who played with Watkins during their junior season at MCS, was ruled a partial qualifier before the start of the Rams' season on Friday. Doughty is redshirting for the 2015-16 season, meaning he can practice with the team. As StateCollege.com's Ben Jones reports, it is unclear as to whether Watkins has similar status:
Watkins still enrolled at Penn State. Chambers still working on clarification if he can practice with team.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) November 14, 2015
Fortunately for Penn State, the frontcourt is deep enough that Watkins' absence will not force them to play shorthanded this season. The biggest concern for Pat Chambers is in getting him eligible to practice with the team as Watkins prepares to step into a possible starting role in 2016-17, as the Lions will lose three seniors capable of playing power forward or center this coming summer.