Columbia, Mo. Prep All-American Travon Bryant won't be able to play basketball for Missouri this season.
The Tigers learned Friday that the 6-foot-8 forward's ACT score wasn't high enough for him to be eligible as a freshman. However, he has indicated he plans to enroll at MU and will be able to practice with the team.
"First and foremost, this will give him the opportunity to focus on academic priorities by capitalizing on outstanding resources, including our great faculty, tutors and academic advisers available to him at MU," coach Quin Snyder said.
Bryant had failed first to get a qualifying score on the SAT and was awaiting word on results of his ACT test. He found out this week that that score also did not meet the standards for eligibility.
Lee Rashman, director of basketball operations for the Missouri men's team, is hoping Bryant will eventually recover the season of lost eligibility so he could have a full four-year career with the Tigers.
"He could get the year back if he makes certain progress toward his degree," Rashman said. "He still could play four seasons. Based on MU's standards, it'd be difficult not to get that fifth year. We feel he's a good enough student."
Bryant averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots at David Starr Jorden High last season in Long Beach, Calif.