You know all those jokes about how a particular college basketball player seems like he's been in college for seven years?

Jalan West of Northwestern State has been granted a seventh season of eligibility by the NCAA. No joke.

And it's definitive proof the NCAA has more compassion than is commonly believed.

Getting a seventh year to play is not unprecedented, but it is extremely rare.

"We're very fortunate," coach Mike McConathy said.

West, who turned 24 last month, is a 5-11 point guard from Bossier City, La.

After redshirting as a freshman because of issues establishing initial eligibility, was named Southland Conference defensive player of the year three consecutive seasons, was a two-time all-conference performer and led the NCAA in assists in 2014-15.