RUNNIN’ REBELS ADD NTAMBWE TO 2018-19 ROSTER
Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 6-9 forward comes to UNLV from Aspire Academy in Louisville
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The UNLV men’s basketball program received a signed national letter of intent from Joel Ntambwe on the first day of the spring signing period, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Wednesday. Ntambwe plans to enroll at UNLV this summer and will be a freshman for the 2018-19 season.
The 6-foot-9-inch, 215-pound forward was born and raised in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has spent the last four years in the United States. He is currently a senior at Aspire Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, where he averaged 13.3 points per game, while shooting 48.3 percent from the field during the 2017-18 season. He also averaged 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.
“Joel will be a great addition to our program,” Menzies said. “He is long, athletic, a great passer, and is capable of creating his own shot. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played — unselfishly and with an old-school mentality. He is very versatile at 6-9 and comes from a successful program where he has played with elite talent.”
He previously attended Forest Trail Academy in Kernersville, North Carolina, where he averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game as a junior in 2016-17. He also has played for the Nike New York Rens U17 club team and chose the Runnin’ Rebel program over UCLA, Wichita State and Tennessee.
Ntambwe joins Bryce Hamilton and Trey Woodbury, who signed with the Runnin’ Rebels during the early signing period in the fall, as members of the 2018 recruiting class. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Pasadena, California, who attends Pasadena High School, while Woodbury is 6-foot-4-inch guard from Las Vegas’ Clark High School.
UNLV IN 2018-19: Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the program next season. The Runnin’ Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from its 20-win season in 2017-18. It marked UNLV’s first 20-win season in four years (2013-14).
SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets for the 2018-19 UNLV men’s basketball campaign are on sale now. To purchase visit UNLVtickets.com, call 702-739-FANS or visit the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.