Yeah. He is Nigerian. Cincinnati actually recruited him very hard. They did well, but St. John's earned his commitment and UC eagerly accepted Cheikh Mbodj in his place.
Unfortunately Coach Mick Cronin believes Cheikh will never make it back to his top form this season. Ankle injury, suspension, and now return. For UC and Cheikh it looks like one year (2012-2013) of value.
All Coach Cronin wants from Cheikh right now is solid defense. He wants blocked shots and good positioning. Nothing more is asked of him this season according to Coach Cronin.