Tulane’s Hightower, Ali granted immediate eligibility for 2019-20 men’s basketball season

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NEW ORLEANS – Tulane men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter announced that junior guard Teshaun Hightower and freshman forward Ibrahim Ali have been granted immediate eligibility for the 2019-20 season.

Hightower will have two years of eligibility remaining, while Ali will have four years left beginning this fall.

“This is great news for our team as we get closer to the start of the season,” Hunter said. “I’m also very excited for Teshaun, Ibby and their families. Both of these young men are important components on this year’s team and they have something to prove.”

Hightower transferred to the Green Wave following two seasons at the University of Georgia where he appeared in 58 games and made 20 starts. Last season, he averaged 6.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and making 23 3-pointers. In the classroom, Hightower was a 2018 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll selection.

Ali arrived in New Orleans after redshirting last season at the University of Arkansas. The Lagos, Nigeria native averaged 4.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game at Maumelle High School (Ark.) in 2016-17.

Tulane hosts Spring Hill College in an exhibition on October 31 at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse before opening the regular season at home November 6 against Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m.

Fans can get their hands on season tickets starting at just $75 – a $50 reduction from last year. That means fans can lock up a seat for every home contest for as little as $5 each. Visit TulaneTix.com or call the ticket office at 504-861-9283 to reserve your seats.

All sections are available for purchase so you can customize your viewing experience from your favorite seating location. Discounts are also available for Tulane faculty and staff.

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