Josh Pastner announced on Thursday that Southern transfer Calvin Godfrey will be eligible to play immediately for the Tigers as he received a waiver from the NCAA.
The process was more or less a formality. Godfrey is a senior this season and Southern is banned from the postseason due to low APR scores. The NCAA has a rule that allows athletes to transfer without penalty if the remainder of their athletic career will be played under a postseason ban. It’s the same waiver that allowed Alex Oriakhi to transfer to Missouri and be eligible immediately in 2012-2013.
Godfrey averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 boards for the Jaguars last season. He originally spent a season at Iowa State, but was kicked out of the program after getting arrested for possession of marijuana. He spent his sophomore season at Howard College in Texas and planned on enrolling at LSU for the 2012-2013 season, but was unable to pass the academic requirements.
Memphis already has a talented front line, headlined by Austin Nichols, Shaq Goodwin and Nick King. Godfrey will likely come off the bench, but his size, strength and ability to rebound will be a valuable addition in the minutes that he plays.
Josh Pastner has landed a commitment from Calvin Godfrey, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Southern that averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 boards last season.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
Godfrey’s career started at Iowa State, where he averaged 5.7 points and 5.4 boards as a freshman. But he was kicked off the Cyclone team after an arrest for marijuana possession and ended up at Howard College for a year. He was supposed to enroll at LSU for the 2012-2013 season, but he was not accepted into the university. He made it to Southern that November and after sitting out the year, he played 2013-2014 with the Jaguars.
Godfrey has one season of eligibility remaining and should be able to play right away thanks to Southern’s APR issues. He’ll likely come off the bench as Austin Nichols and Shaq Goodwin look like starters in the Tiger front court.
Howard College forward Calvin Godfrey has committed to LSU, he confirmed via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
The 6-8, 230-pound Godfrey averaged 12.6 points and nearly seven rebounds in 31 games this past season.
Godfrey is a Minnesota native who was kicked off the Iowa State basketball team in May of 2011, after being arrested for marijuana possession. He had previously been suspended from ISU for a violation of team rules.
During his freshman year at Iowa State, he averaged 5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Former LSU head coach Trent Johnson left to fill the coaching vacancy at TCU, and was replaced last month by North Texas coach Johnny Jones.
Godfrey is the second commitment from the Class of 2012 from Howard College, as he will come in alongside 6-6 small forward Shavon Coleman.
LSU now has a four-man recruiting class, once signees Malik Morgan and Shane Hammink are added to the mix.
The Tigers finished 18-15 last season and lost in the first round of the NIT to Oregon. They will be losing leading scorer and rebounder Justin Hamilton to the NBA draft, which creates a space in the middle.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_