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Olekaibe Goes Home to UNLV

The Las Vegas native has returned home following a stint at Fresno State.


Kevin Olekaibe, a three-year veteran guard at Fresno State, has enrolled in summer classes at Nevada-Las Vegas with the hopes of utilizing a hardship waiver to join the Rebels for the upcoming season, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Olekaibe averaged 8.3 points and just over two rebounds over 30 games in the 2012-13 season for Fresno, but his father has suffered two strokes and now resides in a hospice, altering Olekaibe's plans unexpectedly. He has already confirmed he will walk on at UNLV and play without a scholarship.

While Fresno State's policies do not usually allow for student-athletes to transfer within the conference, the expectation is that the waiver will allow him to contribute immediately. However, he has only one year of eligibility remaining, so if the NCAA denies his waiver, his collegiate career would be finished. If that is eventually the case, the bright side is that Olekaibe finished his stint with a fine performance in his hometown.