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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 7:54 p.m.
 

The NCAA ruled Thursday that Rutgers transfer Derrick Randall is eligible immediately to play at Pitt.

Panthers coach Jamie Dixon confirmed that the university learned Thursday evening that the 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior had been granted a waiver.

“It obviously gives us a big body, an experienced guy,” Dixon said. “We thought he could be a really valuable addition, especially after losing a guy in March.”

With center Steven Adams in NBA, Pitt planned to use power forward Talib Zanna, a 6-9 senior, in the post. Randall, a center or power forward, averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds as a sophomore.

“He didn't put up big numbers, but I think he has some strength,” Dixon said. “He could be very good defensively, and he could be a very good rebounder. It gives us flexibility. It gives us the possibility of having five big guys and the versatility to go small or big.”

Randall was one of four Rutgers players who transferred after coach Mike Rice was fired in April when videos surfaced of him verbally abusing players. Mike Poole, who transferred to Iona, and Vincent Garrett, who left for Wisconsin-Green Bay, also were granted waivers, making them immediately eligible. Eli Carter, who transferred to Florida, has not yet been cleared.

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