The Virginia Tech men’s basketball roster for next year got slimmer on Tuesday, as 2013 signee Donte Clark was denied admission to the university, according Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times.
Berman reports that Clark did not meet Tech admission standards because of his GPA and SAT scores. He will not be able to enroll in summer school or the upcoming fall semester. Berman's source says that it's unlikely Clark will ever enroll at Tech.
Right now, Clark is still going through the NCAA Eligibility Center process, so it's unknown if he will meet NCAA freshman eligibility standards.
Without Clark, the basketball team will only have 12 scholarship players on the roster. Clark was the highest-ranked class of 2013 recruit Tech had. ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.com ranked him as a three star prospect.
Clark is a 6-foot-4-inch, 180-pound shooting guard from Chatham, Va. Clark spent his senior season of high school playing for Hargrave Military Academy after transferring from Kennedy Charter Public School his junior year. Other schools such as Auburn, High Point, Miami, Oklahoma St. and Murray St. were also interested in Clark.
The loss of Clark will hurt the Hokies, who drop down to five players in the 2013 class. Without Clark, the other freshmen guards, Malik Mueller and Devin Wilson, will most likely not be able to redshirt. It was hoped that Clark would help fill the shooting gap that the nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green left behind.