By ROBERT STEWART
Tiger Rag Assistant Editor
Former LSU guard Anthony Hickey appears to have found a landing spot — and possibly as a starter.
Hickey is reportedly on the verge of transferring to Oklahoma State, where he could become eligible immediately and crack the Cowboys' starting lineup, according to a report from The Oklahoman.
Hickey, along with guard Malik Morgan and forward Shane Hammink, were granted their release from LSU in May in order to transfer. Team officials declined to give the reasons for their departures, though it's been reported that Hickey and LSU coach Johnny Jones never quite saw eye to eye.
Hickey has a waiver pending with the NCAA for his transfer, The Oklahoman reported. He could become eligible for the 2014-15 season thanks to the NCAA's "run-off" rule, which allows transfer players to play immediately if he or she feels they have been "run off" by their previous school.
The run-off rule only applies, however, if a player is in good academic standing and the player's original school — in Hickey's case, LSU — provides a statement supporting the transfer.
The departure of Hickey, a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky, was the biggest surprise of the three players leaving LSU.
The 5-foot-11 guard played in 96 career games in three years at LSU, starting 85 of them while averaging 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. He racked up 360 career assists and led the Southeastern Conference last season in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.8.
Morgan, a 6-foot-4 guard from River Ridge, was sidelined by a knee injury and subsequent surgery after LSU's Feb. 8 game with Auburn. He played in 52 games with 20 starts in two seasons, averaging 4.9 points and 3 rebounds per game.
Hammink, a 6-foot-7 forward from the Netherlands, played only 121 minutes in 21 games this past season. He averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds for his LSU career.
LSU also announced last week that assistant coach Korey McCray would leave the program after one year with the Tigers.