“They granted the waiver, which is great news for JP,” said Kevin Fite, OSU's director of compliance. “He's eligible to complete the season.
“Very happy for the kid. Obviously, he's happy. Travis and his staff and the whole team are happy for him. JP is a good kid and a good student. He'll walk out of here with a diploma. And he gets to play this final year.”
Olukemi, a 6-foot-6 swingman, missed the second half of last season after tearing knee ligaments in a New Year's Eve loss to Virginia Tech.
Sitting out all of Big 12 Conference play, he said, was a struggle, especially while dealing with his own rehab and recovery.
“The recovery has been good, it's just been a long, long thing,” Olukemi said. “To watch the team go through the season and knowing I couldn't just put on a jersey and play was the thing that messed with me the most. We were struggling and I couldn't do anything to help them.”
Ironically, if the NCAA had not granted Olukemi's appeal, his final game as a Cowboy would have been this New Year's Eve, when OSU is scheduled to play Gonzaga.