NCAA gives Nelson full release

HOUSTON -- Baylor basketball signee Tyrone Nelson has the paperwork he has been waiting for to clear him to play immediately without penalty at Prairie View A&M.

Greg Sankey, interim director of the NCAA's National Letter of Intent steering committee, wrote Nelson that he has been granted "a full and complete release" from the letter he signed with the Bears, Houston television station KRIV reported.

Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss resigned, and Baylor president Robert Sloan freed basketball players and recruits to go elsewhere after he placed the school on two years of probation because of major NCAA violations.

However, because Nelson is a freshman, he needed further clearance from the NCAA.

Nelson, a 6-foot-9 center from Hempstead, said: "I'm very excited I am going to get to play at Prairie View right away. At first I was sad, but now everything is great. It's amazing."

Prairie View A&M athletic director Charles McClelland said: "It's huge for the university, and it's the last piece of our recruiting puzzle to ensure that our basketball team is able to go to the next level of competition. ... This could be Prairie View's biggest signee since Zelmo Beatty."