Xavier University's men's basketball program had high hopes for transfer Ben Stanley and what he could bring to the Musketeers this season, but those hopes will have to wait a year after Xavier announced Friday that Stanley's waiver was denied by the NCAA, making the 6-foot-6 junior forward, who transferred from Hampton University, ineligible for the 2020-21 season. 

Over the phone Friday night, Stanley said getting the news that he wouldn't be able to play this season was devastating.

"I just didn't understand why I was being punished for making a decision that's best for me," said Stanley.

Stanley redshirted his first year at Hampton and played there the last two seasons. 

When the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year, Stanley said that Hampton canceled all in-person classes, and in a July interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer, Stanley said, "That was a big thing, going to a school where I would be in class, learning face to face. It's a little more stable at Xavier right now in this climate."