SYRACUSE — The University at Buffalo received a major boost going into its game against Syracuse on Tuesday night when senior guard Wes Clark finally became eligible to play after sitting out nearly two years. Clark warmed up at the Carrier Dome before the 7 p.m. tipoff and was expected to play.
Clark has not played in a game since Feb. 13, 2016, when he was a junior at Missouri. He transferred to UB and enrolled as a full-time student for only one semester last season. Even though he didn't play at all last season, he was not a student "in residence" for two full terms and therefore didn't meet NCAA transfer requirements.
UB appealed on the grounds he didn't attend UB for a semester last season for financial reasons, but its argument was denied. The 6-foot guard, who is expected to be among the top players in the Mid-American Conference, became eligible Tuesday afternoon after receiving his final grade for the fall semester.
Clark, who averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 assists per game over three years for Missouri, played for UB head coach Nate Oats at Romulus High School in Detroit.