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USF Men’s Basketball F Mayan Kiir Declared Immediately Eligible by NCAA

Head coach Brian Gregory gets another weapon for year minus-one.

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USF men’s basketball got some good news today when the NCAA declared that LSU transfer Mayan Kiir immediately eligible for the 2018-2019 season, foregoing having to sit out a year.

From the USF press release:

“We are excited that the NCAA has afforded Mayan the opportunity to participate immediately,” USF head coach Brian Gregory said. “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 a four-star prospect coming out of high school and chose LSU over Illinois, VCU, and Louisville. He ran into trouble while in Baton Rouge when he was suspended in January, along with three other players for what Tigers head coach Will Wade said were “separate, undisclosed incidents.” He was also arrested in August of 2017 with two other LSU teammates for allegedly shooting paintballs at pedestrians.

The 6’9” forward is one of three Bulls who played at Victory Rock Prep, along with freshmen C Michael Durr, and F Madut Akec.

USF opens the regular season November 6 at 7 p.m. versus Alabama A&M.