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UND BASKETBALL: NCAA grants Jaron Nash a waiver

Jaron Nash

At the mid-major level of men’s college basketball, recruiting big men with athleticism is a difficult task.

UND is well aware of that. But UND’s inside game got a boost Tuesday when the NCAA granted a waiver to 6-foot-8 Jaron Nash, allowing him to play one more season.

Nash transferred to UND following the 2011-12 season after spending the season at Texas Tech. The Waterloo, Iowa, native, wanted to be closer to his home to help his father deal with an illness.

Nash, however, sat out his first season at UND as the NCAA denied his waiver request to play immediately. He did play last season and played a key role in helping UND to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament.

Had the NCAA denied the waiver, Nash’s collegiate career would have ended following last season, one of UND’s best in the Division I era.

The NCAA informed the UND compliance office of the waiver.

“This has been a long process, and we are obviously thrilled to learn that we will get Jaron back for one more season,” UND coach Brian Jones said. “There are a lot of people to thank for their efforts, including Kara Helmig and her compliance staff along with our entire athletic administration.

“I also want to thank 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 went to Tyler Junior College in Texas but did not play during the 2009-10 season due to an injury. He played his second season at Tyler before transferring to Texas Tech.

Last season, he started 22 of UND’s 33 games and averaged 10.8 points. He’ll be the program’s top returning scorer.

“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.”

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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