A.J. West Cleared to Play at Nevada

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Junior college transfer A.J. West has been cleared by the NCAA to play basketball at Nevada this season.

"We're very excited," said Nevada head coach David Carter. "We went to bat for him, I thought he had a great case (against the NCAA) to be cleared. He's a great player, and I think he's going to have an impact on this team with his ability to block shots and rebound."

West had petitioned the NCAA to be able to play right away this season. That was denied, but Nevada appealed that decision.

He led the nation in blocked shots last season at Monroe College in New York, averaging five blocks, 11 points and nine rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9, 230 pound forward should bring a much needed defensive presence to the Wolf Pack.

He will play the rest of this season and have one more year of eligibility left at Nevada.