This season’s incoming freshman class was headlined by 6’9 power forward Omari Spellman, a top-25 recruit out of the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Connecticut. With the departure of big man Daniel Ochefu from last year’s National Championship squad, Spellman was supposed to step in immediately to help fill the void.
In a surprising development however, the NCAA ruled the blue-chip recruit as academically ineligible in late September. Spellman was forced to take an academic redshirt, meaning he will be able to attend Villanova this year on scholarship and retain all four years of eligibility. He will be in a similar process to most transfer or redshirt athletes and will be able to be around the team.