The NCAA’s reversal comes nearly a month after the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard’s initial request was rejected by the governing body.
“I would like to thank the NCAA for granting me a waiver,” Okoro said in a release issued by the school. “I am very humbled by all the support I have received throughout the process, both from my basketball families at Rutgers and Iowa State. I look forward to working with my teammates and coaches to have a successful season. I feel very fortunate to be at Rutgers and close to my family. I can’t wait to play ball.”
The 19-year-old Okoro, a Bronx native, decided to transfer to Rutgers to be closer to his mother. Okoro had to endure the death of both his father and brother during the season. Okoro’s 28-year old brother lost his battle with colon cancer two months after his 72-year old passed away following a stroke.
Okoro appeared in nine games for the Iowa State and averaged 1.o points a game.
With Okoro, Rutgers has 13 players on the roster for their first and only season in the American Athletic Conference. The Scarlet Knights will have a veteran squad this season as they have eight players who are juniors or seniors. 5-9 junior guard Myles Mack (13.6 ppg) and red-shirt senior Wally Judge (7.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg).
Rutgers will move to the Big 10 in the summer of 2014.