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Derrious Gilmore Is Back!

It's taken over a month and missed playing time in nine games but PG Derrious Gilmore is back! Previously he had been ruled academically ineligible since January 9th. That was all cleared up on Tuesday night and Gilmore can play tonight against the Air Force Falcons.

The school released the following statement this morning:

Laramie, Wyo. (Feb. 15, 2012) – University of Wyoming head basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced on Wednesday that junior guard Derrious Gilmore has been cleared to play by the NCAA beginning immediately. Gilmore’s academic eligibility was reinstated by the NCAA through an appeal process. The NCAA notified the University of Wyoming Athletics Department that Gilmore’s appeal was granted late Tuesday.

Gilmore was ruled academically ineligible to play in games, beginning with Wyoming’s home game versus Idaho State on Jan. 9. He was allowed to continue to practice with the Cowboys, per NCAA rules, as he continued his education at the University of Wyoming. He missed the last nine games for the Cowboys.

Gilmore played in Wyoming’s first 15 games of the season, starting one game versus Northern Colorado on Nov. 15. He is averaging 4.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Having Gilmore back in the lineup will give the Cowboys a much needed boost to their bench. JayDee Luster has done a fine job in the starting role at point guard but the Pokes have struggled when he needs a breather or gets in foul trouble. Sounds like ordeal took a lot longer to get resolved then Shyatt or anyone else expected.

With Derrious back the Cowboys should have a better chance at winning some of their tough remaining games against CSU, TCU, SDSU and UNLV. The Wyoming bench will also be very important when the Mountain West tournament starts in March. Gilmore adds a pure point guard to the rotation and another shooting threat from behind the arc.