Huskies get star player from Green River Community College

Updated: October 10, 2003, 11:05 PM ET

SEATTLE -- Tre Simmons, who last season averaged 29.8 points and 9.2 rebounds for Green River Community College near Seattle, has enrolled at the University of Washington.

Simmons will be eligible to play for the Huskies this season and the next, coach Lorenzo Romar said Friday.

Last week, the Huskies said the 6-foot-5 junior guard, from Seattle's Garfield High School, wouldn't be able to enroll at Washington because he hadn't met the academic requirements for a junior college transfer.

But upon receiving additional information regarding his academic record this week, Washington officials determined that Simmons was eligible.

Simmons attended Bellevue Community College briefly in the fall of 2000 before deciding to leave school and start a full-time job. At the time, he didn't properly withdraw, which resulted in grades that subsequently affected his athletic eligibility.

But Simmons contacted the BCC academic staff, which reviewed his case and decided his records should be changed to reflect his withdrawal from college.

Simmons has been auditing classes at Washington since the fall quarter began Sept. 29.

Romar, a former Washington player and second-year coach, could use all the help he can get next season. His first Huskies team had a 10-17 overall record and finished in ninth place in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 mark.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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