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Arkansas freshman declared academically eligible

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas freshman Michael Washington
was declared eligible for the upcoming basketball season by the
NCAA, the university announced Thursday.

The Razorbacks have been waiting for Washington to be ruled
academically eligible. The Southeastern Conference must now review
the case -- Arkansas officials expect the league will do so before
the Razorbacks start practice Oct. 13.

"Obviously there is a lot of excitement because this part of
the process has been completed," coach Stan Heath said. "We're
happy for Michael because one hurdle has been cleared."

Washington, a forward, averaged 31.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and
9.0 blocked shots per game last year at Genesis One Christian
School in Mendenhall, Miss. Genesis One is one of several prep
schools whose academic standards have been under scrutiny from the
NCAA.