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August 3, 2012
Cats adding center immediately
Intent on filling out their current roster the Cincinnati Bearcats are wrapping up the paper work for Sudanese-born center David Nyarsuk.
Nyarsuk has bounced a round a little bit, largely through no fault of his own. He intended to attend University of West Virginia two years ago, but his ACT score was centimeters low.
He had trouble finishing the english portion and scored just ten points below passing. Grades have always been fine, as it relates to college basketball recruiting.
At the time Nyarsuk was rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Nyarsuk competed with Mountain State Academy in West Virginia. The school in West Virginia recently lost its accredidation according to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The organization reviews schools in its region and deemed Mountain State inferior in numerous categories including graduation rate. It hovers around 8.0%. Yes, 8.0% annually.
The president of the university was fired six months ago and the NCAA grants transfer requests to all student-athletes involved in these hardship cases.
For Nyarsuk the new school will offer a welcomed structure and guidance.
Late Thursday evening Justin Jackson tweeted out a picture of his new teammate donning a Bearcat sweatshirt.
The goal is for David to be eligible immediately and capable to compete this winter.
Cincinnati has a glaring hole in the post with the graduation of Yancy Gates coupled with the slow, methodical development of Kelvin Gaines, and nagging injuries of Cheikh Mbodj.
The dismissal of forward Octavius Ellis only further decimated the roster. With a new coach for the post players entering the system in Antwon Jackson, Coach Cronin would love to add some maleable young men to the squad.
Adding any body would be helpful, if for no other reason than making practice more balanced. Nyarsuk gives more than a walking mummy on the floor. He has tangible skills like shot-blocking, rebounding, and high effort.
He is on the UC campus and spending time with fellow Cats.
The University of Cincinnati has not released any statement on the prospective student-athlete yet.