Ohio State men's basketball freshman forward Mickey Mitchell "has not been cleared to compete by the NCAA Eligibility Center" for the Buckeyes, according to a statement from vice president and director of athletics Gene Smith released Tuesday.
Mitchell can practice with the team, but he cannot suit up for any games.
The full statement:
“Freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has not been cleared to compete for the Ohio State men's basketball team by the NCAA Eligibility Center. He is eligible to practice but not compete until the issue is resolved.”
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound four-star commit from Plano, Texas, averaged 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 23 games as a senior at Plano West High School.
Ohio State's lone exhibition game of the season is Sunday at 4 p.m., when Walsh pays a visit to Value City Arena. The season opener is a week later against Mount St. Mary's. Tipoff is set for noon.