Kansas State forward Kaosi Ezeagu, a midseason transfer from UTEP, has received a waiver from the NCAA that will make him eligible to play immediately for the Wildcats.


The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Ezeagu played as a true freshman for UTEP during the 2018-19 season but was redshirting last year before enrolling at K-State in January and sitting out. He will have three full years of eligibility remaining for the Wildcats.


“We are excited for Kaosi that he was able to gain this waiver and become immediately eligible,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. “When we signed him, I thought he filled a big need, giving us an older, experienced big guy that has played Division I basketball.


"He made big strides on the court and in the weight room this past semester and helped raise the physicality and competitive spirit in practice. He really helped push (departing senior) Mak (Mawien) down the stretch. We are appreciative to Coach (Rodney) Terry, his staff and UTEP for supporting this waiver.”


Ezeagu, who was born in the Bahamas, played in all 29 games of the 2018-19 season for UTEP, including starts in the last seven, and averaged 3.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots. His 59.6 field goal percentage and 24 blocks led the team and he scored a season-high 12 points in a March game against East Tennessee State.


Before enrolling at UTEP, Ezeagu attended GTA Prep at Mississauga Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, where he averaged 11.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 2017-18. He was ranked as one of the top high school players in Canada.


As the only player in his league to average a double-double, Ezeagu was named defensive player of the year by the National Preparatory Association and was chosen co-MVP of the Signature All-Canadian Showcase.


K-State lost starting post player Mawien to graduation, while backups Levi Stockard and Nigel Shadd entered the NCAA transfer portal after the season. But Weber brought in a talented recruiting class of two junior college transfers and five high school players that was ranked No. 17 nationally by Rivals and 30th by 247Sports.