Friday, December 16, 2011

Hoops Player gets Waiver

The only deaf Division I men's basketball player will get a chance to play in the final 20 games of the season. Michael Lizarraga needed special permission from the NCAA to do so and the waiver came through today. The Cal State Northridge forward only played 35 minutes in seven games as a freshman, so the school appealed for him to get more time. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged about six points a game and more than four rebounds in 32 games last season, making him the team's second-leading rebounder. The Big West Conference gave Lizarraga a special Inspirational Award. Cal State Northridge is 2-6 this season.