Transfer forward Kaosi Ezeagu earns waiver for immediate play in 2020-2021

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Transfer sophomore forward Kaosi Ezeagu has received a waiver from the NCAA, granting him the eligibility to play once the new season begins.

Ezeagu transferred in mid-January from the University of Texas at El Paso, and was able to practice with the team — although he was unable to play due to NCAA regulations. Before the waiver was given, he was expected to sit out for the entirety of the fall semester.

“We are excited for Kaosi that he was able to gain this waiver and become immediately eligible,” said head coach Bruce Weber in a press release. “When we signed him, I thought he filled a big need, giving us an older, experienced big guy that has played Division I basketball. He made big strides on the court and in the weight room this past semester and helped raise the physicality and competitive spirit in practice.”

In Texas, Ezeagu averaged just over three points and three rebounds a game.

This year’s recruiting class will is ranked as one of the best in the nation and is the highest-rated in the Weber coaching-era. It comes on the heels of a tough offseason where the Wildcats lost nine players — six to transfers and three to graduation.