After missing all but one game last season, Northwestern State guard Jalan West will have a chance to reclaim the nation's assist crown next season, as the NCAA has granted him a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced Monday.
West led the NCAA with 7.7 assists per game during the 2014-15 season but tore his ACL in the closing moments of Northwestern State's 2015-16 opener against Ole Miss. The 5' 11" point guard also averaged 20 points and 2.1 steals as a junior while shooting 42.2% from three-point range.
West will enter his final season with 614 career assists, which gives him an outside chance of climbing into the NCAA's all–time top 15. Former Northeastern guard Andre LaFleur is currently No. 15 with 894 assists.
With West sidelined, Northwestern State finished 8-20 last season and missed the Southland Conference tournament for the first time since 2010. If rising senior guard Zeek Woodley (22.2 PPG) withdraws from the NBA draft, the Demons will return four double-digit scorers.
- Jesse Kramer