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Brison Gresham cleared by NCAA, can play immediately for UMass men’s basketball

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After struggling to find consistency in the paint through its first five games this season, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team received arguably its best news of the season, adding much-needed depth to its frontcourt on Tuesday.

Freshman forward Brison Gresham has officially been cleared by the NCAA and can begin playing in games immediately, a UMass spokesperson confirmed Tuesday evening.

Gresham, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward/center, has been practicing with the Minutemen (4-1) since the beginning of the season while he waited for the NCAA to clear his paperwork.

UMass hosts Wagner Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center, where Gresham could see his first minutes of the season.

“Brison has been a pleasant surprise. When I say surprise I knew the kid was good, but he’s done some things in practice that he could be really good,” Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg said during the preseason. “He’s done some things naturally like he’s Kevin McHale when he catches it inside; he never brings (the ball) down, it’s just a catch and dunk.”

Gresham came to UMass from New Orleans alongside childhood friend and McDonogh 35 High School teammate DeJon Jarreau. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, according to ESPN.

“He stretches out like some of the guys I’ve been around in years past – he just gets long around the rim quickly,” Kellogg said. “He’s been a pleasant surprise. He’s as good on the ball in the press as anyone we’ve had here since Maxie’s (Esho) third year and Sean Carter when he was really good. So that will be fun as he matures into a college basketball guy.”

Expect Gresham to play center if the Minutemen use a smaller lineup, or power forward if playing alongside center Rashaan Holloway.

Andrew Cyr can be reached at arcyr@umass,edu, and followed on Twitter @Andrew_Cyr.

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