VMI guard Bubba Parham announced Tuesday April 24, 2019 that he will transfer to Georgia Tech. (James Crisp/AP)

Georgia Tech’s Bubba Parham granted waiver to play

Georgia Tech received word from the NCAA Wednesday that guard Bubba Parham’s request for an immediate-eligibility waiver has been granted.

Parham, a Brookwood High grad, transferred from VMI to Tech due to family medical issues, according to Parham’s high-school coach, Daniel Bowles. Parham, who led the Southern Conference in scoring last season and made 39.7 percent of his 3-point tries, will have two seasons of eligibility.

Tech coach Josh Pastner said he shared the news with Parham and his family via text message after hearing from the athletic department’s compliance office.

“They were very excited and very happy,” coach Josh Pastner told the AJC. “They’ve been going through some tough times, some challenging times, some stuff with their family health-wise, so they all said they needed some good news. It was the right time for good news.”

It is a significant, if expected, break for Pastner and the Yellow Jackets. Tech is in dire need of Parham’s 3-point shooting ability and will similarly benefit from his playmaking skill. In the team’s four-game exhibition tour of Spain in August, Parham was off on his perimeter shooting, but  had 13 assists, second most on the team.

“I was really happy for Bubba, really happy for our team and just very appreciative of our compliance staff and obviously the NCAA,” Pastner said. “We’re very appreciative of them, so it’s a good thing.”

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