University of Massachusetts men's basketball center Rashaan Holloway has been ruled academically ineligible and miss the remainder of his junior season, according to a release from the school.

Holloway, who averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this year, missed the previous five games for the Minutemen, beginning with UMass' road win over Dayton.

"We will continue to support Rashaan this semester through our Academic Success unit as he continues progress towards his degree," Matt McCall said in the release. "Receiving a UMass degree is a life-changing achievement that has so many benefits associated with it. Graduating the young men in our program will always be our number one priority."

Holloway was one of the holdovers from the transition between Derek Kellogg and Matt McCall. Kellogg was fired immediately after UMass was eliminated from the A-10 tournament last year. Holloway was expected to be one of the team's stars this year, a dominant force in the post with excellent touch and footwork.

But Holloway had only topped 21 minutes once prior to his benching before the Dayton game.