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October 15, 2013After a long, tedious and stressful appeals process, UCLA's front court got a whole lot deeper Tuesday afternoon with one stamp of approval from the NCAA.
UCLA announced freshman power forward Wanaah Bail has been granted full eligibility to play this season by the NCAA in a move that will take the Bruins scholarship big man totals from three to four this year.
"We are grateful that this matter has come to a conclusion and are very happy for Wanaah," head coach Steve Alford said in statement. "I know that Wanaah is excited to get on the floor with his teammates, and we're all looking forward to him beginning his collegiate career at UCLA this season."
Bail still has one more hurdle to jump through before he can officially suit up for the Bruins later this month.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward is nursing a knee injury that required surgery when he first arrived on campus this fall. Alford said earlier this month Bail wouldn't be 100 percent until likely early November.
But still, Bail's eligibility clearance goes a long way to determining how hard UCLA needs to ramp up his rehab in order to get him on the floor in time for the Bruins opener against Drexel on Nov. 8.