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Friday / June 14.
  • Michigan adds Tennessee transfer Olivier Nkamhoua

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Michigan has landed a commitment from Olivier Nkamhoua, as first reported by Tipton Edits.

    The 6-foot-9 native of Helsinki, Finland averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds last season for a Vols team that finished 25-11 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

    He was the fourth best transfer available, per The Athletic.

    “It’s a thrill to be able to bring in an efficient and skilled player like Olivier,” said Michigan coach Juwan Howard. “He brings so many intangibles and experiences we know he will have an immediate impact for us. His strength, rebounding, hustle, back-to-the-basket game as well as outside shooting are just a few of his skillset that fans notice right away. However, what people don’t realize is what a tremendous passer he is. He sees the floor and plays develop as good as anyone I have seen. We are very excited for him to get to Ann Arbor.”

    “Choosing Michigan is another step in my development, both now and for the future,” said Nkamhoua. “I know the staff, my new teammates and everyone in Ann Arbor are going to challenge me to keep getting better. I can’t wait for that. I also want to be a part of the U-M culture Coach Howard has created — family and that never- back- down attitude. I look forward to being a part of a team full of guys that are hungry to prove themselves and everyone wrong.”

    He joins guard Nimari Burnett (Alabama) and forward Tray Jackson (Seton Hall) among transfer additions for Juwan Howard.

    Michigan has two scholarships left and is still looking for a wing to add for next season.

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    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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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