Redshirt senior guard Obi Emegano could potentially return to the men’s basketball program for a third season due to an ACL injury in 2013.
“I’m trying to figure things out,” said Emegano. “I am trying to get a sixth year, as well as looking at my opportunities to go play professional basketball, but I have not made a decision yet.”
According to NCAA bylaw 12.8.4, a student athlete may be granted a sixth year to complete the four seasons of collegiate eligibility due to circumstances beyond his or her control.
Potential circumstances include physical or mental incapacitation of the student athlete or a member of his or her immediate family, natural disasters, academic ineligibility and extreme financial distress on the student athlete or the athlete’s legal guardian.
“To be granted a sixth year, one additional beyond the five that all Div. I athletes have, you have to have had two missed opportunities to use your eligibility,” said Collin Walker, assistant athletic director of compliance.
Emegano attended Western Illinois as a freshman from 2011-2012.
He transferred to ORU and sat out the 2012-2013 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. This is considered one missed opportunity, but is not considered a circumstance outside of the student’s control.
Emegano was given a medical red-shirt during the 2013-2014 season due to the injury to his ACL early in the season. This is considered the second missed opportunity and a circumstance outside of the athlete’s control.
He was an active member of the men’s basketball team from 2014-2016.
If Emegano’s waiver is granted, he will have the opportunity to obtain a sixth year as a student athlete in order to compete in a fourth year of collegiate competition.
“I want to get to the tournament, that’s what it comes down to,” Emegano said. “[I want to see us do] whatever we can do to make our team better, to give us the best chance to make the NCAA tournament.”
Emegano will likely enter the NBA Draft if his sixth year of eligibility is not granted.
“I’d love to play for the home team, Oklahoma City. That’s where I’m from, but it would be a blessing to play for anybody,” said Emegano.
Story by Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Photo by Nikolai Stophel