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Report: Xavier freshman Myles Davis ineligible this season


Yesterday, we wrote about Sam Cassell Jr. and the fact that he had been ruled ineligible to play college basketball this season.

It turns out he’s not the only player from his high school class that won’t be competing this season.

Myles Davis, a three-star point guard currently enrolled at Xavier, has been ruled ineligible to play this season. And not only will he not be taking the court for Chris Mack, Davis has lost two appeals and will not be allowed to practice with the team or receive aid from the school this year. That means that his father will be taking out a $30,000 loan to pay for his tuition this year.


Davis and Cassell both had classes they took in the 2011-12 school year invalidated by the NCAA largely because the NCAA put the Fitchburg, Mass., school on the “Watch List.” By the time Davis was notified by the NCAA that the school was under review, which Davis’ father told was last winter, it was too late to take any other classes to replace the ones invalidated by the NCAA because Davis was already in his fifth year.

“I can’t figure it all out,” said Sam Davis, Myles’ father. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

“When the classes were taken,” he added. “Notre Dame Prep wasn’t on any list. It’s just not fair.”

Davis had four core classes tossed out by the NCAA that he took his senior season: Novel and film, Biology 12, English 12 and 20th Century. Eight of his teammates who attended the exact same classes that year were deemed qualifiers and played last season: Todd Mayo (Marquette), Angel Nunez (Louisville), Khem Birch (Pittsburgh — now at UNLV), Grandy Glaze (Saint Louis), Zarko Valijarevic (Maine), Luka Radovic (South Carolina State), Devon McMillan (Fordham) and Jeff Short (Fordham).

There’s even more question marks surrounding this ruling.

For starters, Ricky Ledo — who was a teammate of Davis’ at Notre Dame Prep at one of his four stops during his high school career — will be allowed to practice and be on scholarship this year. It’s also worth noting that Davis carried a 2.6 GPA, according to his father, and attended summer school classes.

(I’m not even going to mention the fact that this is yet another blow to this year’s Xavier team, which lost Tu Holloway and Kenny Frease to graduation, Mark Lyons to transfer and Dez Wells to expulsion. Ok, maybe I am going to mention it.)

So you tell me: do you think Davis is getting a raw deal from the NCAA?

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Nevada coach to honor his father, Flip Saunders with unique warmup routine

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Nevada will be honoring Flip Saunders and Bill Musselman with a pregame warm-up routine they’ve been practicing for the past couple of weeks.

Bill is the father of Eric Musselman, Nevada’s head coach. He was coaching the Minnesota Golden Gophers that included Flip as a player when they used this warmup routine in the 1970s.

“We start almost every practice with this pregame routine,” Eric Musselman said. “It takes some time to get it down and we will perform it live for the first time before the Portland State home game at Lawlor Events Center on Nov. 25.”

The routine, which Eric found in a diagram after his father passed away, is similar to something you’d see the Harlem Globetrotters do.

CBT PODCAST: Indiana, UCLA, Ben Simmons and Thanksgiving sides

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New podcast!

In today’s episode, we talk quite a bit about Ben Simmons. How good of a prospect is he? Why do people insist on calling him overrated? Does LSU actually have a shot at missing the NCAA tournament?

[MORE: Why scouts are down on Simmons]

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We also talk about Indiana’s disappointing showing in Maui, just how good Vanderbilt and Kansas have looked, Marquette’s ability to bounce back and whether or not we should be concerned about North Carolina and Maryland.

Oh, and Thanksgiving sides.

Do people really call stuffing ‘dressing’?

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here.