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Olivier Nkamhoua Commits to Michigan Over Pursuing Big 12 Schools



Olivier Nkamhoua

Tennessee transfer forward Olivier Nkamhoua has committed to Michigan, Joe Tipton of On3 first reported. Nkamhoua visited West Virginia, Kansas State and Baylor over the last two weeks of his recruitment.

Nkamhoua’s recruitment was a wild one. Over the weekend, it was reported by top insiders that Nkamhoua was down to WVU and Baylor, and that Michigan was out of the running. Fast forward to Tuesday and Michigan was right back in the race. Now, the former Volunteer will head to Ann Arbor to play for Juwan Howard.

The forward from Tennessee entered the transfer portal in late March but tested the NBA draft waters for a few weeks. Nkamhoua participated in the NBA G-League combine, but expressed interest in returning to school for his extra COVID year that was granted to him back in the 2020-21 season.

Nkamhoua helped get Tennessee to the Sweet-16 this past March. Nkamhoua played his best basketball against Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, recording 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Nkamhoua averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 36 games. WVU’s coaching staff made Nkamhoua’s recruitment a top priority. The coaching staff believed that adding Nkamhoua to the current roster would lift WVU into Big 12 title contention.

Now the question remains: is WVU done in the transfer portal?

West Virginia has a top transfer portal class in the entire country but they have looked for additional pieces for the last few weeks. WVSN will keep you up to date on the latest West Virginia basketball recruiting.

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