Oregon announced on Wednesday afternoon that the NCAA has granted a waiver that will allow Chris Boucher to play a sixth season with the Ducks.
“Chris is a tremendous young man, and we’re very excited to have him back with us for another year,” head coach Dana Altman said in a release. “He has done everything we’ve asked of him, has been great to work with and I’m glad he will have the opportunity to continue to develop as a player as well as finish his degree.”
Boucher is averaging 12.1 points, 7.6 boards and 3.1 blocks while shooting 36.0 percent from three.
He was given the extra year because his path to Oregon has been unusual and, frankly, incredible. He didn’t play organized basketball until he was 19 years old, a year after he left high school. He spent a year at a prep school and then a year at two different Junior Colleges before he was scooped up by Oregon and classified as a senior.
We rip the NCAA when they get decisions wrong. Credit to them for making the right decision here.