The NCAA waiver allows USC transfer Elijah Weaver to play as early as Saturday, when the Flyers men’s basketball team face Ole Miss at 2 p.m. Photo courtesy of Griffin Quinn, Flyer News.
The NCAA Division I Council granted immediate eligibility to transfer student-athletes in all sports Wednesday evening.
The most immediate impact for the University of Dayton from this decision is the immediate eligibility of men’s basketball transfer Elijah Weaver, who transferred from Southern California in May.
A former four-star recruit out of Rockledge High School in Florida, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 31 games for USC in 2019-20.
In the Flyers’ 3-1 start to the season, depth has been an issue, with just seven players taking the floor against Mississippi State Dec. 12.
The addition of Weaver not only bolsters the team depth, but also provides the team with a needed boost in scoring ability, as the team averaged just 65.3 in the first three games and had 64 before the Mississippi State game went into overtime.
“We’re excited to welcome Elijah to the Flyer Family,” head coach Anthony Grant said in May. “He is a very talented young man whose skill set is well-suited to our style of play. He adds size & experience in the backcourt along with the ability to make plays for himself and his teammates. His personality, leadership and competitive character will allow him to fit very well into the fabric of our team and the campus community at large.”