Hayden Humes eligible at UIC

Updated: August 3, 2011, 3:00 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Toledo transfer forward Hayden Humes has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play immediately at UIC next season, the school announced on Wednesday.

Humes, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward, left Toledo following last season after the program was penalized three scholarships due its APR. He transferred to UIC in May and appealed to the NCAA for a legislative relief waiver. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"This is tremendous news," UIC coach Howard Moore said in a statement. "Hayden has been on campus with the rest of our new players since June, and has been a tireless worker. As we indicated to the NCAA during the waiver process, Hayden didn't deserve to have his eligibility affected for something he wasn't a part of, and the committee viewed things the same way. Hayden has a fresh start, and is going to be an outstanding addition to our program. I'm extremely happy for him."

Humes started 26 games for Toledo last season and averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. He averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in his two games against UIC last season.

With the graduation of UIC's top three rebounders from last season, Humes is expected to be a key contributor next season.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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