Similar to that of fall sports, all NCAA Division 1 winter student-athletes have been granted an extra year of eligibility, due to the unrest of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, the news comes after the NCAA Division 1 council voted on Wednesday to allow an extra season of competition for all its athletes participating in sports such as men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, track and field, swimming and diving.
“The pandemic will continue to impact winter sport seasons in ways we can’t predict,” M. Grace Calhoun, council chair, said. “The actions today ensure the continuation of local decision-making in the best interest of each institution and its student-athletes.”
How does this affect Miami?
Michael Yero, lead Hurricanes writer: Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes will have the opportunity to bring back all six of their seniors – Chris Lykes, Kameron McGusty, Rodney Miller, Sam Waardenburg, Nysier Brooks, Willie Herenton – if need be. Although many, especially Lykes, won’t use the extra-year unless a significant change in heart, it’s an amazing opportunity to showcase their skillset and leadership one more time.
Plus, underclassmen like Isaiah Wong, Harlond Beverly and Anthony Walker are available to get a pass, something that’ll come handy if any injury occurs.
What player staying would/wouldn’t make the most sense?
Anthony Yero, lead Hurricanes writer: Given that Miami has three guards committed to the class of 2021, it’s unlikely that Lykes would return for a fifth season. And with transfer shooting guard Elijah Olaniyi being eligible after the 2020 season, the Hurricanes already have somebody to fill in for McGusty. Brooks could use that extra year of eligibility, considering that he had to sit out last season. The 6-foot-11 shot-blocker would certainly improve his NBA draft stock if he racks up impressive film against ACC competition.