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UND's Nash Granted Extra Year of Eligibility


Grand Forks -- UND forward Jaron Nash has received a waiver from the NCAA to play one final season at North Dakota. The announcement came Tuesday from the NCAA office.


Nash transferred to UND from Texas Tech following the 2011-12 season to be closer to his ailing father in Waterloo, Iowa. After sitting out his first season at UND, Nash was a key contributor for a UND squad that advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game last season.

He played in 33 games last season with 22 starts. The explosive playmaker averaged 10.8 points per game in what looked to be his only season of eligibility at UND. Now, he will be the top returning scorer for a team that originally needed to replace its top three scorers.

"This feels very good for me and my family," Nash said. "We are very relieved and happy that the NCAA decided to give me a waiver to play my final season of collegiate basketball."    "This has been a long process and we are obviously thrilled to learn that we will get Jaron back for one more season," UND head coach Brian Jones said. 

Jones also thanked "the NCAA and its review committee because now Jaron will be able to turn his college experience into a positive one. He's gone through a tough road to get here with his father's illness and dealing with some of his own injuries, but this decision will enable him to build upon his future and hopefully lift his family's spirits." 

Nash originally applied for a waiver to play immediately at UND after transferring from Texas Tech, but ended up sitting out the 2012-13 season when it was not granted.

The 6-foot-8 forward did not play his first season (2009-10) at Tyler Junior College in Texas due to an injury. He then averaged 11.0 ppg and 4.3 rpg in his second season with the Apaches (2010-11) before joining the Red Raiders' program.

(Some information in this article came from UND Athletic Media Relations.)