Matt McMahon optimistic about Jalen Cook’s eligibility waiver for the upcoming season

LSU is still awaiting the NCAA’s decision on Jalen Cook’s waiver appeal, according to Matt McMahon.

After transferring from Tulane to LSU, Cook was denied eligibility, marking this as his second transfer before graduation. Athletes are typically only permitted one free transfer before graduating, so Cook did not automatically gain eligibility upon his return to LSU. Despite the denial, LSU is fighting to get Cook back on the court. He was expected to be a key contributor to the team, having averaged 19 points over his two years at Tulane.

In the 2020-21 season at LSU, Cook averaged 7.5 minutes and 3.1 points per game.

LSU, with a 5-3 start, is in need of a boost from Cook. According to KenPom, LSU’s defense ranks 72nd nationally, and the offense ranks 135th. Cook’s scoring could provide immediate improvement to the team.

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