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By Ryan Lazo, Co-editor in chief/feature columnist, @RMLazo13
St. Bonaventure University’s Athletic Department released a statement this afternoon regarding redshirt freshman Matthias Runs’s status.
Runs, a 6-foot-11-inch center from The Netherlands, was cleared to practice but is not eligible to play this season as deemed by the NCAA.
In a press release, head coach Mark Schmidt said he is happy that a decision has been made.
“I am glad a resolution has been reached regarding Matthias’ eligibility,” Schmidt said. “We are excited about Matthias’ potential as a player. A year of practicing and working with our team will provide him an opportunity to grow in our program, as well as continue his development as a player. We look forward to next season when he can play in games.”
With the decision being made, the Bonnies will have just two front court players this season in Marquise Simmons and Youssou Ndoye. However, depth will not be an issue in the front court.
Runs is part of a three-player recruiting class following the program’s first Atlantic 10 Conference Championship last season. He will have just three years of eligibility starting next season.
The Intrepid will continue to follow the situation and post new information when it becomes available.