According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Ohio State freshman forward Mickey Mitchell was cleared to play by the NCAA on Friday. Goodman states he will be immediately eligible to play and will suit up for the Buckeyes’ game against Kentucky tomorrow.
Ohio State freshman Mickey Mitchell has been cleared to play by NCAA. Eligible to play tomorrow against UK.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 18, 2015
Ohio State put out a release confirming the news.
“Ohio State freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has been declared eligible by the NCAA Eligibility Center and will be available to play Saturday vs. Kentucky in New York,” Gene Smith, Ohio State vice president and director of athletics, said in a statement (h/t Doug Lesmerises of Clevleland.com). “The efforts of the NCAA staff to bring this to closure is greatly appreciated.”
Mitchell also had this to say on Twitter:
THE WAIT IS OVER. 🔓🔓🔓🔓
— SOMI JaMITCHELL (@MickeyMitchell0) December 18, 2015
Mitchell, a 6’7”, 210-pound small forward from Plano, Texas, (Plano West High School) was rated as a four-star recruit coming out of the 2015 class according to 247 Sports. The site ranked Mitchell as the No. 119 overall prospect in the 2015 recruiting class and the 20th-best small forward in the country. 247 Sports also ranked Mitchell as the 10th-best basketball player in the state of Texas.
With Ohio State coach Thad Matta losing some firepower when sharpshooter Austin Grandstaff decided to transfer from the school on Thursday, the addition of Mitchell will be a big boon to a struggling Buckeyes’ squad.
As stated earlier, the Buckeyes (5-5) have a huge challenge ahead of them Saturday, as they go up against the No.4-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in Brooklyn, as part of the CBS Sports Classic.