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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.)

Pat Sweeney
Pat is a St. Paul native who graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School and the University of St. Thomas. He started his TV career on the studio crew at KTCA (PBS) in St. Paul. Pat joined WDAZ in June 1982 as weekend sports anchor, and became sports director in December 1983. In addition to anchoring weeknight sportscasts, Pat also does play-by-play on WDAZ's coverage of the North Dakota high school football, hockey and basketball tournaments. For 28 years, he announced UND's televised football, hockey and basketball games. His work has been seen nationally on ESPNU, NHL Network and Fox College Sports. For more than 20 years, he was host/producer of the UND football coach's show. Pat's work with WDAZ News during the 1997 flood helped the station win the Edward R. Murrow award. He has also worked in news and sports at Williston's KUMV-TV and Dickinson's KQCD-TV, and was a copy editor for the Minneapolis Tribune. Pat is a three-time winner of the North Dakota sportscaster of the year award, as voted by his peers.