Oklahoma State head basketball coach Travis Ford announced Monday the NCAA has approved a waiver and LSU transfer Anthony Hickey will be eligible to play for the Cowboys next season, without having to sit out the normal one season as a transfer.
“Anthony brings us great experience and a lot of versatility at the guard position,” Ford said. “He’s someone who has competed and played at the highest level in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). He could be a game-changer defensively with his quickness, and is one of the top steal guys in the country, so we really expect him to enhance our defense. He will bring great energy on the court, and is a fierce competitor.”
Hickey played three seasons at LSU.
As a junior in 2013-14, he averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 34 games, including 31 starts.
He shot 34.4 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on 62-of-180 attempts from long range.
He also led the team with 62 steals.
The Cowboys have a vacancy at the point guard position with Marcus Smart turning pro.
Hickey did not have his scholarship renewed at LSU for the 2014-15 season, and the approval of the waiver allows him to skip the usual requirement of sitting out one season.