U.S. Army veteran Isaiah Brock can play immediately for Oakland

Isaiah Brock, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, will be eligible to play this season for the Oakland men's basketball team.

Brock, a 6-9 freshman forward from Baltimore, joined the military out of high school and served in Afghanistan and Kuwait. He was a non-qualifier out of high school so Oakland submitted a waiver to the NCAA seeking immediate eligibility, which was granted on Monday.

“I just want to thank the NCAA for giving me the opportunity to play this year and I also want to thank all of my teammates, family and friends for all of their support through this process," Brock said. "I'm very grateful and I won't let this opportunity go to waste!”

A strong rebounder, Brock competed in the 2015 Hardwood Classic at Camp Arfijan in Kuwait and played against head coach Greg Kampe's Oakland team. The Golden Grizzlies compete in the Horizon League.

“We’re appreciative of the NCAA initially awarding Isaiah with the ability to receive athletics financial assistance in addition to eligibility for practice,” said Oakland Director of Athletics Jeff Konya. “And we are even more thankful that the reconsideration has resulted in this decision for Isaiah.”

Photo courtesy Jose Juarez/Oakland Athletics

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