Gus GilchristTAMPA – The NCAA has granted a waiver request for USF basketball player Augustus Gilchrist that will allow him to be eligible for competition after the fall semester of the 2008-09 academic year.

Gilchrist will be eligible to begin competition as a freshman on Dec. 14 when USF hosts Niagara at the Sun Dome.  The 6-10 forward/center transferred to USF from Maryland during the Summer of 2008.

“We are thrilled with the news that Gus will join our team in time for the meat of our schedule,” said USF head coach Stan Heath. 

Heath will have two key players join his active roster on Dec. 14.  Joining Gilchrist will be junior guard Mike Mercer, who transferred to USF from Georgia prior to the Spring semester of 2008.

USF will have played six non-conference games and have five remaining, including a trip to Vanderbilt, when the Bulls take the floor on Dec. 14.