USF men’s basketball landed another transfer. 7-foot center Russel Tchewa verbally committed to the Bulls after spending a year getting a middle school education in Lubbock, Texas, per Russ Wood.
Texas Tech transfer Russel Tchewa tells me that he just verbally committed to USF.— Russ Wood (@RussHoops) May 8, 2020
The 7-foot, 270-pounder is a sit-one/play three transfer unless he gets a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately.
The former three-star center was seen in limited action this past season for the Red Raiders, compiling 1.7 points per game and 0.9 rebounds per game in a very limiting five minutes per game. He also added seven blocked shots in 23 games played.
Prior to deciding to attend a middle school, Tchewa played three years of prep basketball in Italy before heading back to the states to attend Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut (the same school where Alexis Yetna attended prior to USF) where he lead his Putnam team to a semifinals appearance in their conference tournament.
Play this moment of seven foot point guard Russel Tchewa putting the ball on the floor and getting the and-one at every Texas Tech athletic event for the next decade. pic.twitter.com/TxYejKipp6— Eric Kelly (@EricKellyTV) March 8, 2020
The news comes on the heels of 6’10 center Emmanuel Okpomo and USF mutually deciding to part ways before Okpomo enrolled at the university.
Russel is currently destined to sit one year before having three years of eligibility remaining, unless a waiver is granted from the NCAA. He joins a loaded offseason for Head Coach Brian Gregory, including the addition four-star Caleb Murphy, Iowa State transfer Luke Anderson, and Mississippi State transfer Prince Oduro.