Daisha Simmons has been cleared by the NCAA to immediately play basketball Seton Hall, the school's coach Tony Bozzella said Thursday.
Simmons' ability to play immediately was held up by Alabama refusing to support a waiver that would have granted her the chance to compete this year. The school changed its mind Tuesday and wrote a letter of support to the NCAA for Simmons.
''I am so happy fro Daisha that the University of Alabama and the NCAA aided her desire to complete her final year of eligibility this season,'' Bozzella said. ''Daisha is a great player and an outstanding young lady. I know it was important for her to be close to home. ... I am extremely grateful the University of Alabama and the NCAA considered Daisha's best interests while coming to this decision.''
Simmons has graduated Alabama and will be pursuing a master's degree at Seton Hall.
The New Jersey native says that illnesses in her immediate family contributed to her desire to transfer to Seton Hall. She wants to finish her collegiate career this season.
Her older brother, Chaz, has kidney disease. Her mother has health issues, as well, and works two jobs to support the family.
Had the NCAA not approved the waiver, Simmons would have had to sit out this season.
Simmons will have one season of eligibility left. She was Alabama's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 13.8 points a game and added 5.4 rebounds per contest while starting 29 of the team's 30 games.