Multiple unconfirmed sources have little used Villanova redshirt freshman big man Andrew Ott packing his bags and leaving the Philly Main Line for Happy Valley.
The 6’10” 230 lb Ott, who played in only four games for Jay Wright’s Wildcats, was heavily recruited by the Nittany Lions coming out of Philly’s Germantown Academy high school two years ago. Ott was buried deep on the bench in Wright’s guard oriented offense and his future playing time was in considerably doubt with Nova’s first ten guys all slated to return next season.
Villanova issued a press release yesterday afternoon releasing Ott from his scholarship and pledging assistance in helping him find a new home.
In order for Ott to be gain mid-season eligibility next year, he must enroll at his new school within 12 class days of the beginning of the second semester. Penn State started classes two weeks ago but had no classes last Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday. That makes tomorrow the last day that Ott can enroll at PSU and be eligible for a half season of play next year. Quite naturally, that has led to a flurry of rumors regarding Ott’s transfer.
Having said that, I have received info from multiple sources that indicate that Ott is moving onto campus today and will enroll tomorrow, satisfying the NCAA’s 12 day requirement. Ott’s and his family are no strangers to the Big Ten. His older brother Ryan and father Michael both went to Purdue.