7-footer N’Guessan eligible immediately for ETSU

Joe Avento • Updated Dec 15, 2018 at 3:47 PM

East Tennessee State got some good news from the NCAA on Saturday.

Lucas N’Guessan, a 7-foot junior center who transferred from Oklahoma State, has been ruled eligible to play basketball for the Bucs immediately.

“We are excited to receive the news on Lucas,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said. “We are thankful the NCAA took the time to review our case and granted him eligibility this season. We would also like to thank the Oklahoma State athletics department. Kay Lennon is the best compliance officer in the country. She did a fabulous job with his waiver and appeal. This was Luke’s decision to play, and he will provide us with more size and depth.”

In his two years at Oklahoma State, N’Guessan started 17 games and made a total of 54 appearances, leading the team in shooting percentage as a freshman (67.4 percent).

N’Guessan played three seasons at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain and represented his home country the Netherlands by playing in the 2015 U18 FIBA Championships, averaging 3.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

“I am thankful that I have been given this opportunity,” N’Guessan said. “I want to thank the NCAA and Kay Lennon for working on this case and helping me out. I am excited to go out on the court and be with my brothers.”

ETSU’s other 7-footer Octavion Corley is being red-shirted this season.

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