Published October 26. 2013 4:00AM
UConn and freshman Kentan Facey received some good news on Friday.
Facey learned that the NCAA granted him a waiver and he'll be eligible to play four years, starting this season. He has been practicing with the Huskies.
"I am so pleased and excited that everything has worked out for this outstanding young man," coach Kevin Ollie said in a released statement. "It's great to see him go through this situation and persevere."
With the 6-foot-9 forward cleared to play, UConn will be deeper and stronger in the frontcourt. While unpolished offensively, Facey is expected help out in the rebounding and shot-blocking departments, two of the team's weaknesses last season.
Ollie has raved about Facey's work ethic and energy.
"He has a relentless motor, getting up and down the court," Ollie said. "He's another shot blocker. He's an energy giver, not an energy taker. … I just think he's going to be a person that can come in and give us major minutes as a freshman."
Facey's eligibility issue had to do with his academic background. He passed a standardized test in his native Jamaica and then moved to New York where he attended Long Island Lutheran for two years. During his senior year, he averaged 14.8 points, 13 points and 4.5 blocks and earned the New York State Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season.
The NCAA informed UConn over the summer that it planned to examine Facey's case and eventually cleared him.
"I want to thank our university compliance department, which went above and beyond to help us with Kentan's situation and the NCAA, which took the time to evaluate all the extenuating circumstances before making a final decision," Ollie said. "Obviously, we feel it was the fair solution."
- Gavin Keefe