Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Cincinnati has added 7-foot-1 shot-blocker David Nyarsuk for the upcoming season but can’t yet officially comment on the big man, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.
A native of the Sudan, Nyarsuk will have two years of eligibility at the Big East school.
He originally committed to West Virginia but did not qualify academically.
“We’re excited about David’s ability to be a game changer at the defensive end of the floor,” Mounties coach Bob Huggins said in November 2009 when he first signed there. “His ability to change shots around the basket, as well as run the floor, will fit well into what we want to do at both ends of the floor. David is an extremely hard worker which is what we have prided ourselves on.”
Nyarsuk spent last season at Mountain State, an NAIA school in Beckley, West Va., where he averaged 9.8 points, 8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.
“He changes the game on the defensive end,” Bob Bolen, who coached Nyarsuk last season at Mountain State, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Offensively, he’s really improved the past two years.”
As the Enquirer pointed out, Nyarsuk will join a front line that includes 6-10 Cheikh Mbodj, 6-10 Kelvin Gaines and 6-8 Justin Jackson.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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