Wisconsin forward Andy Van Vliet will not play in the 2015-16 season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA, UW announced Tuesday night.
According to the press release from UW, "NCAA rules state that prospective student-athletes have one year to enroll in a collegiate institution following their high school graduation or expected graduation date. Van Vliet played basketball as an amateur outside of that one-year window, which has resulted in him sitting this season and losing a year of eligibility."
Van Vliet had not played this season as the Badgers were appealing the NCAA's initial ruling, citing "factors outside of Van Vliet's control." On Tuesday, they learned of the NCAA's decision.
The 6-11 forward freshman from Belgium will have to sit for all 2015-16 games, but will eligible to play as a sophomore next season.
Ryan on the rule that doesn't allow Van Vliet to play: "It doesn't make any sense."— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) November 18, 2015
Andy Van Vliet on ineligibility ruling: "I saw this coming." #Badgers— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) November 18, 2015
Though Andy Van Vliet was clearly disappointed, said his plan is still to stay with UW and use the year to get better and help the team.— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) November 18, 2015