Negedu has waiver to play this season

Updated: July 2, 2010, 3:31 PM ET
By Diamond Leung | ESPN.com

New Mexico forward Emmanuel Negedu, the Tennessee transfer who suffered sudden cardiac arrest last September, was granted a hardship waiver Friday that will allow him to play during the 2010-11 season, according to a source close to the situation.

New Mexico had appealed to the NCAA for Negedu to be granted immediate eligibility after Tennessee's decision not to clear him to play prompted a transfer. He can now compete as a sophomore after being inactive for Tennessee this past season.

Negedu, 21, collapsed and his heart stopped during a workout at Tennessee's indoor football field on Sept. 28. He was revived and later had an internal cardiac defibrillator implanted in his chest.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Negedu, who is currently attending summer school at New Mexico, adds muscle to a frontcourt that includes returning forward A.J. Hardeman, incoming freshman Alex Kirk and transfer Drew Gordon, who is expected to become eligible in December.

Negedu averaged 7.2 minutes in 33 games as a freshman for Tennessee.

Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com.

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