NCAA grants Gators player seventh year
Simone Westbrook is going to be able to play college basketball again after the NCAA granted her a rare seventh year of eligibility. Westbrook hasn’t played since 2016 after tearing a knee ligament. She was healthy last season, but the NCAA originally didn’t grant her a sixth year of eligibility. Florida appealed in January and the NCAA reconsidered its decision and allowed her to play. The Florida gradu- ate was going to transfer, but by the time the appeal came through it was too late for her to transfer and play immediately. After the season, the Gators appealed to get the five-foot-eight guard a seventh year and it was approved. “It’s exciting, you know you never want to come to that realization that you might be done with basketball,” the 24-year-old said, adding she has a few schools in mind where she wants to play next year.