Former Texas Longhorns guard Damarcus Croaker will be immediately eligible to play for Murray State this season after the NCAA approved his waiver. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported the NCAA’s decision.
Croaker played three semesters in Austin before leaving the team for Murray State last December. In limited minutes with the Longhorns, he averaged 2.4 points per game. He can now become an important member of the Racers, and head coach Matt McMahon couldn’t be more thrilled.
I am very happy for Damarcus and his family,” Head Coach Matt McMahon said. “We’re thankful that the NCAA has supported Damarcus’ waiver for immediate eligibility and we look forward to him joining us on our exhibition trip to Canada next month.”
Croaker joins a Racers team that lost key members of its family over the summer, as former coach Steve Prohm was hired to replace Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State and star point guard Cameron Payne was selected 14th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in last month’s NBA Draft. In total, the team lost four starters.
Now that Croaker, a former three-star recruit out of Orlando’s Jones High School, is aboard, the team can focus on getting back to the NCAA Tournament after just barely missing it last season.
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