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Report: Former LSU Point Guard Anthony Hickey Granted Waiver To Play Right Away For Oklahoma State

The transition away from the Marcus Smart era in Stillwater may be a rocky one, but the Cowboys got some good news that may make things a bit smoother today. Anthony Hickey, who is transferring from LSU, where he started at point guard for three seasons, will reportedly be allowed to play right away for Travis Ford's team.

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Hickey has played over 30 minutes per game for three straight seasons at LSU. His best season came in 2012-13, when he averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and an impressive 2.9 steals per game.

In an interesting decision, LSU coach Johnny Jones decided not to renew Hickey's scholarship for his senior season, but an NCAA rule will allow him to step right in at Oklahoma State. The Courier-Journal has more:

It was announced in May that Hickey, who led Christian County High School to a state title, along with two teammates would not have their scholarships renewed next season. The move by LSU coach Johnny Jones came despite Hickey having started 85 games at point guard over his first three seasons.

Hickey could play right away for coach Travis Ford at Oklahoma State, according to the report, due to a “run off” rule created two years ago to protect players who lose their scholarship. He has an NCAA waiver case pending and should receive clearance assuming Hickey’s in good academic standing at LSU, and that his former institution supports the request.

He may not be Marcus Smart, but Hickey should provide some solid, steady point guard play for an Oklahoma State squad in transition this season.