The Cincinnati Bearcats’ men’s basketball program added some more height to the their 2017 recruiting class as 6-9 forward Eliel Nsoseme has committed to Mick Cronin’s squad:
— Michael Simonetta (@Mike_KingNation) August 21, 2016
Despite playing for Jerry Stackhouse’s AAU program, there is not much public knowledge on Nsoseme. There has been precedent for players such as Nsoseme, who seemingly exist in very few places except for their current program, and their fortunes when it comes to NCAA eligibility have not been strong. Whether or not he can get cleared for the 2017 season remains to be seen, but the Bearcats would be smitten with the athleticism that he brings to the table.
Nsoseme becomes the second member of the 2017 Bearcats recruiting class, in addition to shooting guard Trevor Moore from Houston, Texas. Coming into the program this season is three-star center Nysier Brooks from Philadelphia, who will presumably compete alongside Nsoseme for playing time in the frontcourt upon his arrival in 2017.
A year after going 22-11 in Cronin’s first season back at the helm full-time, the Bearcats will look to avenge their first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to the No. 9 seeded St. Joseph’s Hawks.
Tied for third-place in the AAC last year, Cincinnati will compete against Temple and SMU, the two programs that finished in front of them in the standings. The Owls are replacing the conference’s Player of the Year in DeAndre Bembry and the Mustangs will go at it this season without Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown, who resigned this offseason and was banned from postseason play.