Tavon Sledge, who transferred to Iona from Iowa State in offseason, received hardship waiver and will play for Gaels in November 9th season opener. (Photo courtesy of Newsday)
Iona's road to the NCAA Tournament just became clearer and smoother earlier tonight.
Point guard Tavon Sledge, who transferred to the New Rochelle school from Iowa State in the offseason, received the hardship waiver he had been seeking, making him eligible to play for the Gaels immediately. The 5-9 native of Spring Valley will be able to suit up for Iona's opener against Denver on November 9th at the Hynes Center, and his eligibility will enable coach Tim Cluess to plug him into the backcourt alongside Momo Jones and Sean Armand.
This is the second year in a row Iona has received a positive waiver request, as the aforementioned Jones was cleared in similar fashion last season upon transferring from Arizona to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Harlem. Jones was initially rumored to be moving to the point had Sledge not been cleared as the successor to reigning MAAC Player of the Year Scott Machado, now a member of the Houston Rockets.
Follow A Daly Dose Of Hoops throughout the season for updates from Iona, starting with the Gaels' opener against Denver on November 9th.