Aug 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT
Cincinnati got some good news on Monday.
Seven-footer David Nyarsuk was not only cleared to be eligible immediately, he was already attending classes on campus. As a sophomore at Mountain State, an NAIA school in West Virginia, Nyarsuk averaged 9.8 points, 8.0 boards and 2.9 blocks last season.
“He immediately gives us depth,” coach Mick Cronin told Sporting News. “If he was a junior college player, he’d have been the No. 1 player in the country. He’s a center who can block shots and finish around the rim. He’s not a great back-to-the basket player, but that’s really not a part of what we’re doing anyway. He fits in as a shot-blocker and a dunker, and he’s got a great attitude. He really can run for a guy his size.”
Nyarsuk’s path to Cincinnati has been winding. He originally committed to West Virginia back in 2009, but he never qualified academically. Part of the reason that Nyarsuk had some question marks heading into this season at Cincinnati was that Mountain State had lost their accreditation.
Nyarsuk will add depth to an already strong Bearcat front line: Justin Jackson, Cheikh Mbodj, Jermaine Sanders and Kelvin Gaines are all back for another season, while Shaquille Thomas will be eligible this season along with JuCo transfer Titus Kubles.
That’s a great sign, especially when you consider that the back court will be Cincy’s strength this year, as Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuan Parker all return.
Those will be some fun practices to watch next season.
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