Spagnolo granted a sixth-season
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Spagnolo, who transferred to Appalachian State from Radford, was allowed an extra season after petitioning the NCAA. He redshirted one season at Radford and then had to sit out a season at App State because of NCAA transfer rules.
First year head coach Jim Fox was very happy to know Spagnolo will be returning for another season at Appalachian State.
"It is definitely great news," Fox said. "I was no doubt excited for that. I'm thrilled for him because his case has taken so long that it put him in a tough position. It's spring right now and he's trying to figure out his future and what to do with the rest of his life. I'm thrilled that he got it and thankful to the NCAA."
Spagnolo was fourth among the Mountaineers in scoring with 8.5 points per game during 2013-14. He was second on the team in rebounding with 6.9 per game, and led the team with 26 blocked shots.
He started 18 of 30 games for the Mountaineers.
The 6-foot-7 Spagnolo gives Fox, who coached against Spagnolo while Fox was an assistant at Davidson, a physical presence in the middle.
Spagnolo turned into one of Appalachian State's most consistent players toward the end of the season. He finished with seven double-doubles in eight games.
"I know having coached against him, I know how hard he plays," Fox said. "He's really bought into our system. Even in the last couple of weeks, in the conversations I've had with him, I know he's going to be good for the young guys."
Fox said he is counting on Spagnolo leading by example. Spagnolo is not a vocal-type leader, but Fox wants the younger Mountaineers, including the three incoming freshmen, to pick up on Spagnolo's work habits.
"There are guys who are leaders who are vocal guy and guys who are not as vocal, but lead by the way they play and practice," Fox said. "I told him I really expect a lot from him this year and he wants to be a part of the turnaround. He has told me that time and time again."