Oct. 26, 2011
RUSTION, La. - Louisiana Tech received word yesterday that the NCAA has granted their request for a waiver of the transfer residence requirement for men's basketball freshman forward Isaiah Massey.
Massey will be eligible to compete for the Bulldogs immediately.
"This is an example of the NCAA reviewing the information we submitted and making a decision that is fair to the student-athlete," said Mary Kay Hungate, Deputy Athletics Director and Director of NCAA Compliance. "We appreciate their efforts on Isaiah's behalf."
Massey, a forward from McDonough, Georgia, who red-shirted during the 2010-11 season at Ole Miss, will have four years of eligibility with the Bulldogs.
"This is very exciting for Isaiah and for our team," said head coach Michael White. "He's been diligent with his work ethic and his approach in preparing himself for the best case scenario."
Under NCAA guidelines a player that transfers from a Division I school to another must sit out a year but can apply for a waiver to play immediately for the new school.
Massey will provide a boost for the Bulldogs in the frontcourt as White begins his first year in charge of the program.
Tech will play Texas A&M-Kingsville in an exhibition game Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center. The regular season opens Nov. 13 when Tech hosts Mississippi College at 3 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.