Macon to Enroll, Not Cleared to Play Yet

At 10 a.m. Friday, Elijah Macon finally got the call he had been waiting so long for.

The West Virginia men's basketball signee from Columbus who spent the last two years at Brewster Academy (Mass.) and Huntington Prep (W.Va.) finally got a phone call for the WVU coaching staff that he was eligible to enroll in school for the fall semester.

Macon was supposed to be on campus last season, but had to delay that enrollment to attend prep school for one more year.

Waiting to find out if he was eligible was the toughest part for Macon, who learned he was cleared to enroll on the final day that students were allowed to enroll for classes for the fall semester.

"It was very nerve-wracking," Macon told Friday. "Through everything that was happening, I didn't know anything. I was just waiting and waiting. I had to take two tests at the last minute and they really helped.

"I knew I was in a good position, I just had to be patient and keep the faith."

Although he no longer has to wait to find out if he can enroll, Macon still does not know if he will be able to play for the Mountaineers in 2013-14 yet. He could still be ruled as a partial qualifier, which would mean he could be in school and practice with the team but he would have to redshirt this season.

While that's not the absolute ideal situation for him, Macon said he would make the best of the situation and use the year to continue getting ready for the adjustment to the college game while working with Huggins, the coaching staff and strength and conditioning coach Andy Kettler.

"Either way, whatever happens, I'm just happy to finally be at West Virginia," Macon said. "It could help me even more. If I get to play, then I'm going to do what I can to make sure I'm ready to play when they need me. If not, it just gives me extra time to get ready and be way more prepared when I do get my chance to go out there and play."

Macon said he is unsure of when he will know if he is cleared to play this season or not.

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