Incoming freshman Manny Suarez has been ruled a partial qualifier by NCAA, and will sit out 2013-14 season for Fordham. (Photo courtesy of the Jersey Journal)
In an offseason full of eyebrow-raising NCAA rulings, most recently one involving Joshua Smith and Georgetown, college basketball's governing body has once again reached a verdict, this time a little closer to the New York metropolitan area.
Manny Suarez, an incoming freshman forward who was set to bolster the frontcourt for Fordham, has been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA, according to Fordham sports information director Joe DiBari. As a result, Suarez will redshirt during the 2013-14 season, and will retain his four years of eligibility effective next season.
When speaking to Tom Pecora after the Rams' practice on Saturday, the coach told us he was optimistic that Suarez's dilemma would be cleared up, but did intimate that he would be able to navigate through the absence of the Marist High School standout, stating that fellow freshman Jake Fay has the inside track for one of the two starting forward spots, while the trio of Ryan Rhoomes, Ryan Canty and Travion Leonard will split minutes inside the paint as well.
Fordham opens their 111th season of basketball on November 8th, when the Rams welcome Saint Francis University to Rose Hill Gym for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff.