UConn Tanzanian freshman center ruled eligible

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut freshman center Hasheem Thabeet
has been declared eligible by the NCAA to play this season, the
school announced Wednesday.

Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center from Tanzania, had been seeking a
ruling from the NCAA on whether he met some core curriculum

The case was complex because Thabeet was educated in both
Tanzania and in the United States. He attended Cyprus Community
Christian School in Houston last year.

Thabeet is expected to be UConn's starting center.

Coach Jim Calhoun was notified Tuesday evening that Thabeet has
been declared eligible, UConn spokesman Kyle Muncy said.

He already has completed six hours worth of courses at the
university and is enrolled in five others, Calhoun said earlier
this month.