DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men's basketball head coach Bill Herrion and his staff announced Monday that Kazadi Nyanguila (Montreal, Quebec) has joined the program and will attend UNH this fall.
"We are really happy to get Kaz because we were looking for frontcourt depth and he will give us that," Herrion said. "He is a really good athlete, he plays hard and will help us with his defense and his rebounding in the post. He comes from a very successful program in Montreal and we are excited to have him here at UNH."
Nyanguila, a 6-foot-7-inch, 230-pound forward, comes to UNH from Vanier CEGEP/College, where he spent two years playing under head coach Andy Hertzog. Last season, Nyanguila averaged 12.6 points and led the entire league with 10.1 rebounds per game. The team's Most Improved Player, he led the squad in field goal percentage and blocked shots.
Prior to arriving at Vanier, Nyanguila was the team MVP at La Dauversiere High School, where he averaged 22.5 points and 14.8 rebounds per game en route to being named a league all-star.
In May, the Democratic Republic of the Congo native was invited to an identification camp for the Canadian National Team. The ID camps are a round of regional camps, which represent the initial phase of selecting the national squad.
The Wildcats add Nyanguila to a recruiting class that already featured Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.), Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and DeAndray Buckley (Romulus, Mich.).
Morris, who recently wrapped up his senior year at Walkersville High School, averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game this season as he led the Lions to the Class 2A West Region championship game and a 14-9 overall record under head coach Ryan Burkey. The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound guard was selected as the Frederick/Carroll County Player of the Year by the Maryland Gazette. The four-year starter also performs well off the court, as he is the owner of a 4.0 grade point average, which ranks No. 1 in his class of 328.
Bronner, a 5-11, 175-pound combo guard from Iona Prep, averaged 12 points and four assists per game this year for a team that won 25 games under head coach Vic Quirolo. Bronner and Co. won 27 games the year before en route to the school's first Catholic State Championship. The Gaels won their league championship three years in a row, while Bronner, the school's first four-year varsity starter, made all-county and all-league squads his junior and senior seasons.
Buckley, a 6-4, 205-pound wing from Romulus High School, was part of a school-record 79 victories during his career, and played in two state semifinals. This season, Buckley averaged 15.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor under the tutelage of head coach Nate Oates. Buckley guided the Eagles to a 21-2 record this year, as well as the No. 1 ranking in the Detroit News' Super 10. Buckley, a four-year varsity player, was named to the Detroit News All-Area West First Team, in addition to the Detroit News Dream Team Third Team.