Oklahoma State University announced Sunday that Kentucky transfer Matt Pilgrim will be immediately eligible to play for the Cowboys.
“We are excited that Matt will be able to be a part of the program this season,” said coach Travis Ford in a press release issued by OSU's sports information department.“He will make an immediate impact on this team with both his abilities and his experience. He will make us a better team and brings a toughness with him."
Pilgrim's eligibility had been in doubt because he was transferring from one Division I program to another for the second consecutive season. He played two years at Hampton, then sat out a mandatory transfer year last season at Kentucky. New Kentucky coach John Calipari chose not to give Pilgrim a scholarship, essentially allowing the 6-foot-8 forward to become a collegiate free agent.
Pilgrim chose to relaunch his career at OSU and, because the NCAA granted him a waiver Friday afternoon, he will be eligible to play this season.
Ford said he is excited for Pilgrim.
"He’s been through a lot and deserves this outcome," the second-year coach said. "We appreciate the speed in which the NCAA processed his appeal, showing that the best interests of the student-athlete are being considered.”
Pilgrim, originally from Cincinnati, averaged 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds during his two seasons at Hampton. He was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all-rookie team following his freshman season.