STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Hasheem Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center from Tanzania, will play for Connecticut this season after the NCAA declared him eligible.

The freshman center was declared eligible after meeting core curriculum requirements, the school announced Wednesday. Thabeet attended Cyprus Community Christian School in Houston last year.

Coach Jim Calhoun learned Thabeet would suit up for his team Tuesday evening, UConn spokesman Kyle Muncy said. Thabeet is expected to be UConn's starting center.

Thabeet completed six hours of courses at the university and is enrolled in five other courses, Calhoun said earlier this month.