WILMINGTON, North Carolina – NCAA officials announced Wednesday that freshman Chuck Ogbodo has been cleared to play immediately for the UNCW men’s basketball team.

The 6-9, 230-pound forward from Enugu, Nigeria, has been working out daily with the Seahawks awaiting word from the NCAA on his eligibility status. He will suit up for Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against Stephen F. Austin at Trask Coliseum.

“This is great news for Chuck and our program,” said fourth-year Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “We respect the NCAA’s eligibility process and appreciate the thorough nature of the review. Chuck has used this time to keep in shape and work hard with hopes of playing this season.”