Former Wildcat eligible to play at OSU

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.