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College basketball coaches play waiting game
Waiting for NCAA approval on transfer players is about as common a thing as the sun coming up these days.
Several coaches and programs in the region are on pins and needles, hoping transfer players who apply for a NCAA waiver to play immediately are granted.
Hofstra hopes Daquan Brown (Fresno State), Shaquille Stokes (Hawaii) will get the waiver to play immediately, Fordham is waiting to hear from the NCAA on the status of TCU transfer Ryan Rhoomes, while Manhattan is hoping prized big man Ashton Pankey (Maryland) gets the nod to play this season.
LIU got good news on Monday when it learned that San Francisco transfer Khalil Murphy received notice he is eligible to play for the Blackbirds this season.
"We are excited to have Khalil eligible to compete for us this season," LIU coach Jack Perri said. "His versatility and skill level will help provide valuable depth to our frontcourt."
The good news is the precedent on allowing transfer players to become immediately eligible. Iona’s Lamont “Mo Mo” Jones was allowed to play immediately for the Gaels last season after leaving Arizona.
“You just have to wait,” said one Division I coach. “It’s a process and the NCAA runs the show.”
With practice already started, it is likely most, if not all, of the aforementioned schools will hear something before the end of the week.