LSU Tigers guard Anthony Hickey (1) against the Saint Joseph's Hawks during the second half at ESPN Wide World of Sports. LSU Tigers defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks 82-65. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Hickey to be immediately eligible after transfer from LSU to Oklahoma State

After a difficult season on the floor for Travis Ford, Marcus Smart and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, things appear to be in transition in Stillwater. Smart and Markel Brown have exited the program (along with Stevie Clark), leaving a gaping hole on the roster, but on Monday, Oklahoma State was granted a generous reprieve from the NCAA in the form of immediate eligibility for senior transfer Anthony Hickey.

Here is a portion of the official release from Oklahoma State:

STILLWATER The National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved a waiver for Anthony Hickey to transfer to Oklahoma State and be eligible for the upcoming men’s basketball season, head coach Travis Ford announced today. Hickey will have one year of eligibility remaining.

“Anthony brings us great experience and a lot of versatility at the guard position,” Ford said. “He’s someone who has competed and played at the highest level in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). He could be a game-changer defensively with his quickness, and is one of the top steal guys in the country, so we really expect him to enhance our defense. He will bring great energy on the court, and is a fierce competitor.”

Before announcing his intention to transfer to Oklahoma State, Hickey was a three-year starter at LSU, and he peaked by averaging more than 11 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-2013. Make no mistake, Anthony Hickey isn’t the same type of dynamic talent as a player like Marcus Smart, but with Travis Ford firmly on the hot seat, the Cowboys need to win now, and this is a huge coup for the program.

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