Ryan Harrow granted waiver to play

Georgia State's chances to be a contender in the Sun Belt took a huge step forward with the NCAA's decision Wednesday to grant Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow immediate eligibility.

Harrow, a point guard, is at his third school in four years. He started at NC State before transferring to Kentucky, where he sat out and played last season. He transferred to Georgia State to be closer to his home in Atlanta. He sought a waiver for family reasons.

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said by text Wednesday that Harrow's eligibility gives the Panthers a chance to be a contender. The Panthers return four starters and add USC transfer Curtis Washington.

Georgia State wasn't able to compete for the CAA tournament title last season due to conference bylaws that prevent a school from doing so if it is leaving for another league.

Harrow played in 24 games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 9.9 points and 2.8 assists.

Hunter thanked Kentucky in a statement and for their help in getting Harrow eligible by not obstructing the process.