Luwane Pipkins is officially sitting out the 2015-16 season for UMass

Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016

UMass freshman guard Luwane Pipkins will sit out the 2015-16 season as an academic nonqualifier. On Monday, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said he expected that would be how the NCAA ruled.

As long as he makes required progress toward his degree, Pipkins will have four years of eligibility beginning in the 2016-17 season. If he gets a 2.5 grade point average he’ll be eligible to practice with the team after the first semester.

Because Pipkins hasn’t been practicing with the Minutemen throughout the preseason, UMass hadn’t been counting on him.

Out of high school in Chicago, Pipkins had interest from Big East (Creighton, DePaul), Big Ten (Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois) and several Missouri Valley schools., and 24/7 all listed him as a three-star recruit. According to Comcast Sports Net Chicago, he’s a good passer, accurate 3-point shooter and strong defender.

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