JONATHAN TCHAMWA TCHATCHOUA ADDED TO 2018 RUNNIN’ REBEL CLASS
Originally from Douala, Cameroon, 6-8 forward comes to UNLV from the NBA Global Academy in Australia
The UNLV men’s basketball pr
ogram has received a signed national letter of intent from Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Friday. Tchamwa Tchatchoua plans to enroll at UNLV this summer and will be a freshman for the 2018-19 season.
The 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound forward is originally from Douala, Cameroon, but has lived in Canberra, Australia, for the past two years attending the NBA Global Academy, which is an elite basketball training center at the BA Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport.
“We are very pleased and feel fortunate to have secured such a talented prospect this late in the recruiting period,” Menzies said. “Jonathan was impressed with all we have to offer as a program and we were equally impressed with him as a player and a person. He checks all of the boxes when it comes to what we are looking for in a student-athlete here at UNLV. We are excited to add him to the Runnin’ Rebel family and are looking forward to adding his passion, work ethic and competitiveness to our program.”
Tchamwa Tchatchoua was invited to participate in the prestigious Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp in Cameroon and played in the Basketball Without Borders Africa All-Star Game in 2016 where he won the dunk contest. He also played in the BWB Global at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans in 2017 and at Adidas Nations that year in Houston for Team Africa.
Tchamwa Tchatchoua chose UNLV over Gonzaga and St. John’s.
He joins Bryce Hamilton, Joel Ntambwe and Trey Woodbury as members of UNLV’s 2018 recruiting class. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Pasadena, California, who attends Pasadena High School, Ntambwe is a 6-foot-9-inch forward from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who attends Aspire Academy in Kentucky, 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).
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