Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) has been granted a one-year extension by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers during the 2014-15 campaign.
After spending one season at Radford (2010-11), Spagnolo sat out a year while attending classes at Appalachian State before earning a roster spot in walk-on tryouts prior to the 2012-13 campaign. Used sparingly in 2012-13, Spagnolo emerged as App State’s top post player after injuries forced him into the starting lineup over the final two months of the 2013-14 season.
Spagnolo averaged 8.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season while playing in every game for Appalachian including 18 starts. He posted eight double-doubles over the final 13 games of the campaign and eclipsed the 20-point mark three times in the team’s final eight games.
“I am thrilled that Tommy has been granted his extra year of eligibility,” said head coach Jim Fox. “I know how badly he wanted this. He has said time and time again how much he wants to be a leader and help us rebuild this program. We will depend not only on Tommy’s skill, but also his ability to mentor our young players and I know he is anxious to get going. “
“I would also like to thank Jonathan Reeder and Sean Dotson in the compliance office for all their work in presenting Tommy’s case to the NCAA as well as thank the NCAA for allowing Tommy to continue playing the game he loves.”
Spagnolo’s return gives Fox a total of 11 returners, including four starters, from last year’s squad. The 11 returners will be joined by three newcomers who signed with the Mountaineers in May.