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6'8" forward Reggie Chaney Receives NCAA Waiver
UPDATED: September 11, 2020 -- 9:15 a.m. CT
POSTED: September 10, 2020 -- 3:59 p.m. CT
University of Houston junior forward Reggie Chaney received a waiver from the NCAA and will be immediately eligible to compete during the 2020-21 season, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Thursday afternoon.
Chaney, 6'8", 225 pounds, will have two years of eligibility.
"I am glad Reggie has the opportunity to play this season," Sampson said. "Reggie fits the way we play. I am happy for him, and I am happy for us."
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Chaney announced his decision to transfer from the University of Arkansas on June 22. His numbers during the 2019-'20 season are not eye-popping: he averaged 14.6 minutes per game while scoring 4.2 points and pulling down 2.1 boards per game. Chaney did shoot 67.1% from the floor this past season.
As a sophomore, Chaney played in 29 games and started seven. As a freshman, Chaney played in all 34 games and started two while averaging 5.4 points per game with 3.5 rebounds a contest.
In Arkansas' final 10 games in 2019-'20, Chaney scored in five of the 10 games. He scored a season-high 17 points (in 36 minutes) versus Missouri on February 8. Chaney scored 10 points (in 20 minutes) in the next game versus Tennessee on February 10. Next, Chaney scored 4 (in 18 minutes) versus Mississippi State; then, Chaney was scoreless in 4 straight games (a total of 20 minutes in the four games); 2 points versus LSU (6 minutes); 0 versus Texas A&M (3 minutes); and, finally, 4 points versus Vanderbilt (18 minutes).
He blocked 62 shots in 63 games -- with at least 3 blocked shots occurring in 9 games. Chaney blocked 1 shot per 15.79 minutes in his Razorbacks' career.
Chaney will help replace Houston forward Fabian White in the frontcourt. White will miss the season following surgery to repair a torn ACL knee injury.
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