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OSU basketball: Anthony Hickey to be eligible immediately

Cody Stavenhagen Published: June 16, 2014
Anthony Hickey, a three-year starter at LSU, will contend to be OSU's starting point guard in 2014-15. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis)
Anthony Hickey, a three-year starter at LSU, will contend to be OSU's starting point guard in 2014-15. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis)

LSU transfer Anthony Hickey will be eligible to play immediately at Oklahoma State after the NCAA approved his waiver Monday.

Hickey used the NCAA’s run-off exemption after LSU did not renew his scholarship for the 2014-15 season.

“Anthony brings us great experience and a lot of versatility at the guard position,” OSU coach Travis Ford said in a release. “He’s someone who has competed and played at the highest level in the SEC. He could be a game-changer defensively with his quickness, and is one of the top steal guys in the country, so we really expect him to enhance our defense. He will bring great energy on the court, and is a fierce competitor.”

Hickey was LSU’s starting point guard for the past three seasons and averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 2013-14.  He also led the SEC in steals as a sophomore with 2.9 per game.

Hickey was also suspended multiple times at LSU, including missing a portion of his sophomore season for unspecified violations of athletic department and university policies.

Hickey will compete with junior college transfer Jeff Newberry and incoming freshman Tyree Griffin for OSU’s starting point guard spot.