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Daniel Ochefu says he is cleared to play basketball for Villanova

The good news just keeps coming for Villanova on Monday as star big man Daniel Ochefu announced on Twitter that he has cleared concussion protocol and can practice for the Wildcats.

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Daniel Ochefu made the announcement earlier today on Twitter that he has been cleared to resume basketball activities after passing the University's concussion protocol.

Ochefu sustained a concussion in practice two weeks ago and has missed Nova's last three games. The Wildcats won all three of those contests by double digits, but will certainly welcome the leadership Ochefu brings back into the lineup.

We will soon see what the timetable is for when Ochefu will actually suit up for Villanova because it depends on where he is in the concussion process.

Before Ochefu can play again for the Wildcats, he must sit out three days after being cleared. Then he must participate in a full-contact practice with the team. After he completes those NCAA and University requirements, we will see Ochefu return to the floor.

It is good that the protocols have these steps because the goal here to keep the athletes healthy in the long run.

Ochefu is averaging 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 blocks per game this season. His presence in the paint is crucial to Nova's success.

This good news comes on the same day Villanova was been ranked number one in the AP and Coaches' polls for the first time ever. Ochefu will help them to handle that pressure when he returns.