NCAA grants Ga­tors player sev­enth year

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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.

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