Another high school class of 2020 player committed to the Loyola men’s basketball team Friday morning — but his commitment raises questions about the roster for next year.
Jacob Hutson, a 6-foot-10 center from Minneapolis, announced his decision via Twitter. Hutson chose Loyola over 16 schools, including The George Washington University and Ball State University, according to his Twitter. He also received offers from Illinois State University, University of Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois University — three of Loyola’s Missouri Valley Conference rivals.
— Jacob Hutson (@Minnehutjr) September 27, 2019
Hutson, who took an official visit to Loyola Sept. 6, is the second player to commit to Loyola upon graduating high school in May, following three-star guard Baylor Hebb. When the two sign their National Letters of Intent (NLI) Nov. 13, Loyola would have 14 players signed to scholarships for 2020-21 — one more than the NCAA’s limit. Bruno Skokna is the only player set to graduate from the roster in May.
That means a player on the current roster is expected to either leave the program or forego his scholarship next year. Hutson could also forego his scholarship his first year and play as a walk-on, or he could sit out next year and play his first season in 2021-22 as a redshirt freshman. This process is called “oversigning,” and there’s no NCAA rule saying the practice is illegal. It’s unclear how the extra scholarship spot would open up.
Hutson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Per NCAA policy, Loyola head coach Porter Moser can’t comment on Hutson’s commitment until he signs his NLI.