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Tennessee State’s active signing season continues to roll on today, as the Tigers have added 6’7″ forward Ugo Celestine, according to writer Dan McDonald. Celestine will be a true freshman for the Tigers in the fall, after playing his prep ball at Greenforest Christian Academy.

Ugo Celestine

Ugo Celestine

During his senior year, Celestine helped GCA win the Georgia State Championship in the Class A Private division.

Celestine is the Tigers fourth pickup during the spring signing period.

Celestine was named as a senior to the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Metro Team. According to GCA, the forward received interest from high-major teams, including Cincinnati, Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

As a senior, Celestine averaged 12 points, six rebounds, and three rebounds a game. The school says those numbers were depressed somewhat by having five double-digit scorers, and that starters were pulled early throughout the season in quite a few blowouts.

His former coach says Celestine can play more than just forward.

“Ugo is multi-talented with no glaring weaknesses,” GCA head coach David Jones said. “He can play the 2, 3 and 4 positions. Even, played back-up PG for us at times this year. Shoots the 3, can put it on the floor and finish at the basket with either hand. Also, he is a good defender. He is happy to be going to be Tennessee State, and I think they will be more than happy with him.”

You can see highlights of Celestine on Play On Sports.


A special thank you to Greenforest Christian Academy for reaching out to us with information on Celestine.

  1. This may be a first for my Tigers with the signing of 5 Freshmen! Jamontae Davis PF (Newcomer) Jamonte Graham PG (Newcomer) Rhyan Townes SG (Newcomer) Jaylen Reid SF (Newcomer) Ugo Celestine SF (Newcomer)
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Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
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Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
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Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
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Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
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Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
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