With practice only a few weeks away, Clemson and head coach Brad Brownell received some good news involving one of the program’s newcomers.
BYU transfer Damarcus Harrison has been granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA and will be able to play immediate for the Tigers.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg first reported the news. An official announcement was sent out by the school on Thursday.
Last season as a freshman at BYU, Harrison averaged 3.2 points in just under nine minutes of action per game. The NCAA’s ruling may have come forth due to Harrison’s anticipated Mormon mission. The 6-foot-5 guard is expected to play this season for the Tigers before departing on a two-year mission. Harrison is expected to rejoin the Tigers’ squad prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.
Early last month, news broke that Harrison had landed at Clemson, transferring from BYU after his mission had been delayed a year. Had this not have happened, Harrison could very well have finished up his career with the Cougars.
So, what does this mean for Clemson?
Well, the boost should instantly help the Tigers’ back court rotation, especially considering the Tigers were excited to land the former top-100 prospect. Clemson finished second to BYU during Harrison’s recruitment out of high school and given the Tigers’ recent injury woes, playing time should be available immediately.
Devin Coleman tore his Achilles in July and incoming freshman Jaron Blossomgame is still recovering from a broken leg sustained in April. Therefore, time should emerge for Harrison in Brownell’s rotation.
While the turnaround is quick, Harrison is now eligible and if he can fit quickly for the Tigers this season, he should have the potential to be a valuable asset for Clemson in 2012-13.
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