Cincinnati transfer LaQuill Hardnett will be eligible to play for the University at Buffalo this season and will have four years of eligibility, a school spokesman confirmed Monday.
Hardnett, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Philadelphia, redshirted last season at Cincinnati, and needed an eligibility waiver in order to play this season. He received his release from Cincinnati, but under NCAA guidelines, players who transfer as undergraduates must sit out a year of competition unless they get a waiver.
“I really liked the atmosphere that UB has and the culture it’s built over the last couple years,” Hardnett told The News after committing on July 1. “The style of offense fits my game, perfectly, and I’ll fit right in at UB.
“There’s a lot of positive energy there, and they’re progressing. I feel like I can be a part of something that they can build.”
Hardnett went to high school at Perry Hall in Baltimore and averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as a senior as the school repeated as state champions. He had offers from Western Kentucky and St. Bonaventure, among others, coming out of high school.
An eligibility waiver is still pending for Texas Tech transfer Josh Mballa.