Michael Lizarraga Granted Season of Competition Waiver

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge men's basketball program announced that Michael Lizarraga has been granted a season of competition waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Matadors for the final 20 games of the 2011-12 season beginning Saturday against Pacifica College.

Lizarraga, a 6-7 forward from Dixon, Calif., averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing in 79 games during his Matador career which began in 2007-08. As a senior in 2010-11, he appeared in a career-high 32 games, starting 10, while averaging a career-high 5.9 points per game and shooting 52.2% from the floor. He finished the season as the teams' second leading rebounder at 4.2 rebounds per game as the Matadors advanced to the Big West Tournament semifinals.

"This is obviously very good news for our program and for Michael," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "We thought we had a strong case in appealing for additional eligibility and were thankful the NCAA saw it the same way. On the court, he immediately helps us out on the interior which is an area where we have struggled this year. Ultimately, we are happy to have Mike back in the family and the guys' faces really lit up when they heard he'd be coming back."

Lizarraga was awarded a special Inspirational Award by the Big West Conference head coaches as the nation's only deaf NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athlete following the 2010-11 season.


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