Former Ashe County Husky Tommy Spagnolo will get one more year to play college basketball as the NCAA granted his waiver request for a sixth year.
Spagnolo will return for one more season of hoops at Appalachian State University.
Last season, Spagnolo had his best year as a collegiate player, averaging 8.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and finished second in the Southern Conference in field goal percentage, hitting 59.6-percent of his shots.
Spagnolo played in all 30 games last year and started in 18 of those contests. Spagnolo was a fixture of the Mountaineer starting lineup, particularly in SoCon play where he started the final 13 games of the season.
The senior continued to amp up his play down the stretch, recording a streak of six double-doubles in seven games, including a 23-point, 12-rebound performance against Western Carolina on Feb. 8.
Spagnolo also led the Mountaineers in blocked shots with 26.
It was a long journey to ASU for Spagnolo. After being a three-time all-conference player at Ashe County High School, Spagnolo signed with Radford University.
As a freshman, Spagnolo played 14 games and averaged just over three points and three rebounds a game.
After a coaching change at Radford, Spagnolo ended up transferring to ASU where he started his junior season in 2012 as a walk on. Spagnolo played in 13 games, but continued to put in the hard work on and off the court to get a chance to shine last season as a senior.
Now with his sixth year of eligibility, thanks to some injuries and the aforementioned coaching change at his previous school, Spagnolo will be ASU’s top returning player from last year and will most certainly play a key role in leadership on and off the court under new head coach Jim Fox.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87