One of the two Kentucky big men absent from the team's recent basketball trip to Canada is officially in the fold.
Eloy Vargas, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound junior forward from Plantation, Fla., has been cleared to play at UK, the team announced Friday.
Vargas successfully completed required work on his degree at Miami-Dade Community College, enabling him to gain academic eligibility at UK.
Kentucky is still awaiting word on the eligibility of 6-foot-11 Enes Kanter. The freshman has qualified academically but the NCAA is addressing questions about Kanter's time with a professional team in Turkey.
Vargas originally landed at the University of Florida as a highly touted recruit out of high school. He missed the first 11 games of his freshman season while recovering from off-season ankle surgery and saw limited playing time upon his return, averaging 0.6 points and 0.7 rebounds. Vargas also encountered some academic problems at Florida and transferred to Miami-Dade after his freshman year. Once healthy, he averaged 21.1 points, 14.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game for Miami-Dade.
Vargas will have two years of eligibility at UK.