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#GregoryGets: USF Men’s Basketball Lands Transfer Russel Tchewa from the Middle School in Lubbock

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The 7-foot big man will sit one and then have three years of eligibility remaining unless a waiver is granted.

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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.

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.

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.