Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves fans during the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Lapray Receives Waiver to Play Immediately at Pepperdine

AJ Lapray, a 6-foot-5 guard transfer from the University of Oregon, received a waiver that allows him to play immediately at Pepperdine after transferring to the school in April. Lapray has three years of eligibility after playing one season at Oregon last year.

The reason for the waiver likely was due to a hip flexor injury, which sidelined him for most of the 2013-2014 season. Head coach Dana Altman and the staff at Oregon were planning on having Lapray apply for a medical redshirt, since he rarely played or practiced after November 24, 2013.

Lapray struggled to find any playing time while at Oregon, playing in only two games and logging five total minutes. The Salem, Ore. native had only one field goal attempt and personal foul in his time in Eugene, Ore. as a Duck.

This is a rather large development on the Pepperdine side, as Lapray gives the Waves another backcourt weapon to utilize this coming season. After Malcolm Brooks transferred to Cal-State Fullerton this offseason, the Waves lacked a capable shooter that can play on the wing. With Lapray in the fold, the Waves have that type of player that can space the court out for the likes of Stacy Davis, Jeremy Major, Amadi Udenyi, etc.

Lapray will likely be in a position battle with Atif Russell and Lamond Murray Jr. for the three spot, as the one and two spots are already locked up by Jeremey Major and Amadi Udenyi.

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