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Iona’s Poole Gets Waiver to Play Immediately

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Iona’s Mike Poole has received an NCAA “legislative relief” waiver to play immediately this season upon transferring from Rutgers.

“I am really excited to have a student-athlete of Mike’s caliber join us this season,” Iona coach Tim Cluess told

“His leadership and toughness in summer workouts have been tremendous and he will be an integral part of our program.”

It remains unclear if Pittsburgh’s Derrick Randall and Florida’s Eli Carter will also get waivers after transferring in the wake of the MIke Rice scandal, but both are expected to receive them.

Sources said Carter had not yet received his.

Grassroots sneaker guru Sonny Vaccaro previously told that all transferring Rutgers players should get waivers.

A 6-foot-5 junior wing, Poole pledged to Iona in April, as first reported by

Poole averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes last season as a junior.

He scored a career-high 18 points against Iona when Rutgers played the Gaels Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden.


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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.