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NCAA says Michael Lizarraga can play

Updated: December 16, 2011, 9:00 PM ET
By Diamond Leung | ESPN.com

Cal State Northridge forward Michael Lizarraga, the nation's only deaf Division I men's basketball player, was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Friday that gives him eligibility to play the final 20 games of the season.

Lizarraga, who averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds playing in all 32 games as a senior during the 2010-11 season, hoped the NCAA would allow him another year because he only played in 35 minutes and seven games as a freshman.

"This is obviously very good news for our ...

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