NU center Ajou eligible to play

Northwestern freshman center Chier Ajou has been declared eligible to play this season.

Chier Ajou will be set to play with the Northwestern Wildcats this season.

Ajou, a 7-foot-2 center who is the tallest player in the program's history, was declared by the NCAA to be eligible for his first season.

During Northwestern's limited summer practice time, Ajou was not able to join his new teammates on the court, with his eligibility pending.

A native of Sudan, Ajou played two years with Culver (Ind.) Academy after attending prep school at St. Thomas More School in Connecticut.

Ajou joins fellow freshman Alex Olah as a true big man for the Wildcats. TCU transfer Nikola Cerina could also play the position, but will primarily serve as a power forward.

Northwestern's 2012 recruiting class also includes Olah, three-star forward Kale Abrahamson, and three-star guard Sanjay Lumpkin. Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire also joined the group, and is eligible to play this season.

Ajou was added to Northwestern's class in June, the weekend in which the freshman class moved onto campus. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during his senior season.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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