La Salle star guard Pookie Powell found out Thursday he has been granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA, allowing him to play this season for the Explorers.

That's a big deal for the program led by new coach Ashley Howard. Powell averaged 16.9 points a game last season.

Powell had sat out one season at the University of Memphis, played a season, sat out a year after transferring to La Salle, then played the last two seasons.

“I cannot describe how happy I am for Pookie to receive this waiver from the NCAA,” Howard said in a statement. “He is such a good kid and a hard worker, and he deserves to finish out his collegiate career the right way. We look forward to having Pookie on the court for us this season.”