NC State reinstates suspended guard Lockett

The transfer guard will be available for Wednesday's ACC tournament opener against Clemson following a campus review of his case

NC State's Eric Lockett drives to the basket during a game earlier this season against UNC Asheville . (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

  CHARLOTTE — Suspended guard Eric Lockett has been reinstated to the NC State basketball team and will be available to play in Wednesday’s ACC tournament opener against Clemson, the school announced Tuesday.

  Lockett, a 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Florida International, has missed the past seven games since being charged with assault on a female in an incident involving his girlfriend on Feb. 13. The charges were dropped last week, according to Wake County court records. He has also been cleared by campus officials.

  “The campus review of Eric Lockett’s case is complete and no disciplinary action will be taken,” spokesman Fred Demarest said in a statement. “With both the legal and campus reviews concluded and based on information available to us at the current time, Eric has been reinstated to the NC State men’s basketball program.”

  Lockett is averaging 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists off the bench for the Wolfpack while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range. His last action was in a 79-76 win at Pittsburgh on Feb. 9.

  Eighth-seeded State will take on No. 9 Clemson at noon on Wednesday in a game that will go a long way toward defining both teams’ NCAA tournament chances.