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Gazette Reports Esho Is Eligible

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour reports that freshman Maxie Esho has been cleared by the NCAA and can join the team as full practices start on Friday.

"I was worried. When I heard, I was excited. It feels really good. I can do everything with the team," said Esho, who'd been working out independently with nonqualifiers Cady Lalanne and Luke Cothron, who both are sitting out this year.

NCAA rules UMass hoop freshman is eligible

After a few anxious weeks of waiting for a ruling from the NCAA, University of Massachusetts freshman forward Maxie Esho is officially eligible.

Esho, a 6-foot-8 forward from Upper Marlboro, Md., played at Lee Academy in Maine last year. Had the NCAA not cleared him, he wouldn't have been allowed to accept a scholarship and couldn't participate in team activities. Esho missed most of the team's fall workouts, but will join his teammates when full practice begins Friday.

Esho was relieved when he got the news last Friday.

"I was worried. When I heard, I was excited. It feels really good. I can do everything with the team," said Esho, who'd been working out independently with nonqualifiers Cady Lalanne and Luke Cothron, who both are sitting out this year.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg was happy for Esho.

"I'm ecstatic because he's such a good kid because he's done everything the right way," Kellogg said. "Not only in high school and prep school, but since he's been here. He had a great summer academically and he's doing great in the classroom."

Kellogg said he'd consider redshirting Esho, but was leaning toward playing him right away.

"It depends on his growth. If he picks things up quickly and can help us, I'd go ahead and play him," Kellogg said. "He's extremely athletic. He's long and lanky and can score the ball around the rim. He's got some great attributes."

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