According to a report from Les Johns of 247 Sports and Demon Deacon Digest, former NC State signee Saddiq Bey has been denied a waiver by the ACC that would allow him to play in the ACC in 2018-19.
Back in the middle of May, Bey and NC State agreed to mutually part ways. It’s a rather unfortunate ruling, considering the fact that Bey never attended a class at NC State.
Saddiq Bey has been denied a waiver that would have allowed him the opportunity to play in the ACC this season. https://t.co/cYX8kavw8f
— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) June 11, 2018
A month back, NC State gave Bey, a 4-star small forward, a full release. In the meantime, multiple ACC programs inquired on Bey. Over the last two weeks, Bey visited Boston College and Wake Forest. Pittsburgh also expressed interest in Bey, too.
With this new ruling, it’s unlikely he would head to BC, Wake or Pitt.
Villanova, the national champs, have now emerged as a serious contender to land Bey. The Wildcats are in the process of having to replace several key players for their title team: Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson and Omari Spellman. Bey makes a lot of sense as a flex forward (like Bridges) for the Wildcats; no one plays small-ball better than Nova, and an integral part of that: combo forwards that can rebound and hit three-pointers.