MADISON (WKOW) — The Wisconsin basketball has been dealt a setback as the NCAA has denied a waiver for junior Micah Potter to be eligible at the beginning of the season.
Potter transferred to Wisconsin from Ohio State in the middle of last basketball season. Typically, players must sit out a full year after transferring. However, Potter did not play in any regular season games at Ohio State last season. So, he was hoping the NCAA would allow him to play in the first semester. Instead, he will not be eligible until Dec. 21 against Milwaukee.
“I’m disappointed in the decision from the NCAA,” Potter said in a statement. “I tried to stay at Ohio State through a coaching change, but ultimately felt it was in my best interest to find a new opportunity. In doing so, I have already sat out a full season of competition. I don’t understand why I am being punished additionally for doing what is encouraged of a student-athlete. The penalty of a third semester to what I have already sat out seems unjust. My understanding is the intent of the transfer rule is to help students acclimate academically at their new school and I’m proud to say that I have done that. After earning a 3.5 grade point average at Ohio State, I have earned a 3.3 GPA from the spring semester and summer at Wisconsin. I want thank everyone at Wisconsin for their help in this process. But at this point I’m only looking forward and I’m going to help the team prepare for our early games. I’m eager to compete with my Badger teammates as soon as possible.”