According to a statement the school released today “Gardner’s eligibility coming out of high school does not meet the NCAA Division 1 requirements. Thus, he is not able to appear in competition”. There seems to be a question regarding his high school transcript, so Kiwi can’t appear in games while Providence College awaits a decision on their appeal of the ruling (although he can practice in the meantime).
Last season, only Marshon Brooks and Kemba Walker logged more minutes in BIG EAST play than point guard Vincent Council. Kiwi Gardner was supposed to give some solid minutes off the bench to spell him, unlike Dre Evans last season. Losing out on Kiwi will be a big blow to the team. Will Bryce Cotton or Gerard Coleman be forced to help bring up the ball ala Geoff McDermott several years ago? Will the walk-ons be forced to get some meaningful minutes? As the school awaits the decision, Friar fans should be praying Gardner sees the court the season.
Another big issue is Kadeem Batts not suiting up for the exhibition game against Assumption. According to John Rooke in the radio broadcast, Batts has some grade issues and may be sitting for disciplinary reasons. As much as the PG would be affected with no Kiwi, losing Batts for any period of time would also diminish an already weak front court. Bilal Dixon, Brice Kofane, and LaDontae Henton would basically never be allowed to get into foul trouble. Oh, and hi Lee Goldsbrough.
Hope you had fun during the Honeymoon phase Coach Cooley.