Along with yesterday’s announcement that Matt Hasse‘s career at Austin Peay had come to an end, the school announced another addition to their program. Serigne Mboup, a 6-7, 190-pound forward from Senegal, will join the Governors in the fall.
Mboup joins Austin Peay from the New Mexico Military Institute. As a freshman last season he played in 21 games, including 11 starts after joining the team at first semester’s end. He averaged 3.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg in his one season with the program. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Governors.
“Serigne is a real active, athletic young man who plays very hard on both ends of the court,” Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos said. “He found out he could graduate early from the Mew Mexico Military Academy and did so.”
“We wanted to be careful on this scholarship. We were going to use it on a freshman in this next class,” Loos added. “But Serigne became available and we believe he is what we were looking for. His (juco) numbers are a little skewed in that he didn’t play the first semester and he had to work his way in.”
Mboup is expected to provide depth at the post position behind Chris Horton, the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year who also will be entering his sophomore season.
“I like the idea of his aggressiveness on the defensive end and on the boards,” Loos said. “He fits very much into our culture change.”
Mbopu grew up playing with a different round ball—Senegal is a soccer-crazed country. He began developing his basketball abilities in Senegal’s Sports for Education and Economic Development Foundation (SEEDS), established in 2003. With the help of Nike and the NBA among others, SEEDS offers intense 10-month training period for prospective basketball players.
Mboup visited Utah, The Citadel, Montana Tech and APSU before deciding on the Govs.
“I really like him personally,” Loos said. “He is a bright young man with his priorities straight—education first with him. I think he was sold on our basketball program, our facility and schedule and all that. It came down were we the right place academically for him.”
According to The Leaf Chronicle’s Luke Thompson, The Govs’ 2013 recruiting class now includes 7 transfers, nearly as many as the last decade combined.