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Tyrese Martin, who transferred to UConn from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play right away.

Typically, underclassmen transfers have to sit out a season before suiting up for their new school. However, the NCAA has been granting numerous waivers over the past couple of months, likely in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin, a 6-foot-6 junior wing, averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for URI this past season. He shot 43.3 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from the 3-point line in 30 games. A confident player, he can score at any level of basketball — and the Big East is certainly up a level from the Atlantic 10.

“He wanted to challenge himself to compete at the highest level,” James Johns, who coached Martin for two seasons with the We R1 AAU team that won consecutive Under Armour national championships, said in April. “When it came down to it, it doesn’t get much higher than UConn, especially going into the Big East.”

Martin told Hearst Connecticut Media in April that the reason for his transfer was “the history behind UConn, the relationship I have with Coach (Dan) Hurley. The Big East is always a conference I dreamed of playing in as a kid.”

Martin was recruited to URI by Hurley, before Hurley left to take over the reins at UConn in March, 2018. Brendan Adams, who just finished his sophomore season at UConn, switched his commitment from URI to UConn upon Hurley’s move. Now, Martin, who started every game this past season for the Rams, will make the same 60-mile trip north.

“The relationship with Coach Hurley, it made it all easy,” Johns said. “He loves those guys at URI, Coach (David) Cox and those guys. They gave him a chance after Coach Hurley left. But he wanted to continue to develop, and he thought he had more in the tank and wanted to challenge himself.”