Quinnipiac will get at least one season out of guard Giovanni McLean, but they hope to have two by the time the fall begins.
The Westchester CC transfer had to sit out this past season as the university reviewed his transcript and ruled that he was ineligible pending a review of his transcript from the scandal-ridden junior college.
Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said that the school will apply for a waiver to get the 6’1″ guard another season. However, the waiver applied will not go towards this past season McLean sat out, but will be towards an injury suffered earlier in his career. The Bobcats will not be able to get this season, where McLean sat out, back from the NCAA.
McLean missed the 2012-13 season with an ACL tear while at Moberly CC and then transferred to Westchester CC where he averaged 16.8 ppg and 7.4 apg prior to committing to Moore’s program.
“Right now he’s guaranteed to have one year, but we’re going to have to apply for a waiver for the second year,” Moore said adding it would be for his previous injury. “We’re hopeful that we can get the second year based on that.”
A possible injury waiver will have to be applied for over the next few months and Moore said they hope to have the situation sorted out by the fall.
The Bobcats will have at least seven scholarship players next season who are either freshmen or sophomores, having signed three players to their recruiting class so far, which is why the head coach said they will be targeting graduate and junior college transfers to supplement what will likely be a young team next season.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.