USF 6-9 transfer Mayan Kiir can play right away, NCAA says

USF second-year men's basketball coach Brian Gregory's team faces Tampa in a home exhibition tonight. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF second-year men's basketball coach Brian Gregory's team faces Tampa in a home exhibition tonight. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published October 30 2018

Roughly a year after receiving a shot to the gut from the NCAA, the Bulls men's basketball team has gotten a shot in the arm from it.

LSU 6-foot-9 transfer Mayan Kiir, a four-star prospect out of Bradenton's Victory Rock Prep, has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that won't require him to sit out a season.

Kiir is expected to be in uniform tonight at the Yuengling Center when the Bulls host the University of Tampa in a 7 p.m. exhibition. USF opens its regular season Nov. 6 at home against Alabama A&M.

"We are excited that the NCAA has afforded Mayan the opportunity to participate immediately," USF second-year coach Brian Gregory said in a school news release.

"We're thankful for the time and effort put into this process by our compliance staff, and we appreciate the support displayed by LSU throughout this procedure. Mayan will play an integral role with our program this season and we look forward to seeing him in uniform."

Kiir was suspended from LSU's team in January for an undisclosed violation, and Tigers coach Will Wade announced in late March he wouldn't be returning. Kiir originally signed with Wade at Virginia Commonwealth, but was granted his release when Wade moved on to Baton Rouge.

In eight games with the Tigers, he averaged 1.9 points and two rebounds. Prior to LSU, Kiir played at Bradenton's Victory Rock Prep, averaging 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in the 2016-17 season.

His presence adds badly needed low-post depth for the Bulls. Six-foot-7 freshman Madut Akec, another Victory Rock product, is nursing a broken foot; and 6-8 sophomore Alexis Yetna is gradually returning from a hyperextended elbow.

Yetna was stripped of a year's eligibility by the NCAA last winter because he competed at a Connecticut prep school during the second year following his high school graduation in France.

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