Friday, January 16, 2015

Bellarmine Announces that Waiver for Transfer Yasin Kolo Has Been Denied by the NCAA

Bellarmine University has announced that a waiver seeking immediate eligibility for 6-foot-10 transfer Yasin Kolo has not been approved by the NCAA.

Kolo will not be eligible to play at Bellarmine until the 2015-16 season.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Bellarmine University announced today that a waiver seeking immediate eligibility for transfer Yasin Kolo has not been approved by the NCAA, meaning the 6-10 center will not play during the 2014-15 season.

Bellarmine was seeking a waiver to the NCAA's multiple transfer rule so that Kolo could play the second semester of this season. Kolo, who played the first semester of last year at the University of Hartford, had already transferred NCAA institutions having started his NCAA career at East Carolina and enrolling at UNC-Pembroke last spring.

Kolo has been enrolled at Bellarmine since August and is in good academic standing at the school and is on track to graduate with his bachelor's degree in December. He still has one full year of eligibility and will play both semesters next year at Bellarmine, likely enrolling in one of Bellarmine's graduate degree programs in the spring.

"I fully understand and support the NCAA's decision," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "Yasin is an outstanding young man and a credit to his family and our Bellarmine basketball family. He has been a tremendous asset to this team from the minute he stepped foot on campus in August."

A native of Goettingen, Germany, Kolo graduated from Fayetteville (N.C.) Christian High School and was a member of the North Carolina 2A All-State team after averaging 21.8 points and 10 rebounds a game his senior season. Local fans may remember Kolo from an appearance last year when he scored 12 points and pulled down eight boards for the Hartford Hawks in a Nov. 19, 2013 game against the University of Louisville at the YUM! Center. Earlier this season, Kolo made headlines when he shattered a backboard on a dunk in Bellarmine's first official practice of the year.

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