WKU freshman Josh Anderson cleared to play

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Western Kentucky freshman Josh Anderson has been cleared by the NCAA and is now eligible to play immediately, the program officially announced Friday.

Anderson, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard from Baton Rouge, La., has missed the first 15 games of the season while the NCAA reviewed his academic course work that was completed over the summer for Madison Prep Academy. His availability gives WKU nine active players moving forward, eight of whom are on athletic scholarship.

Western is still awaiting a ruling on the eligibility of redshirt-sophomore forward Moustapha Diagne.

At MPA as a senior, Anderson moved into a point guard role and averaged 12 points, 4.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game while helped the Chargers to a third straight state championship. Anderson scored 18.1 points per game as a junior to go along with 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Anderson played in the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic all-star game this spring and was considered a four-star recruit in the class of 2017.

Western Kentucky (10-5, 2-0 Conference USA) plays at Marshall at 6 p.m. CST Saturday and Anderson is expected to make his debut in that game.

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