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Western Kentucky freshman Josh Anderson cleared to play by NCAA

Rick Stansbury

Rick Stansbury, left, speaks at a news conference where he was announced as the new men’s NCAA college basketball coach at Western Kentucky on Monday, March 28, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

AP

Western Kentucky received a major boost to its rotation on Friday as the school announced that freshman guard Josh Anderson has been immediately cleared to play by the NCAA.

The 6-foot-6 Anderson is a former consensus four-star prospect who many considered the second best prospect in Western Kentucky’s touted recruiting class behind five-star center Mitchell Robinson. Although the saga with Robinson never worked out and the big man opted to work out and prepare for the pros on his own, Anderson is an important piece for the Hilltoppers since the roster is currently so thin.

The NCAA was reviewing Anderson’s summer course work that he completed at Madison Prep Academy, which caused him to miss the first 15 games of the season. Playing only eight players all season, Western Kentucky now gets an aggressive guard to add to an already dangerous team that is hoping to make a run in Conference USA.

Western Kentucky is still awaiting the NCAA’s ruling on the eligibility of sophomore forward Moustapha Diagne as they’re hoping to get one more body into the rotation before the end of the season.