Coming into the 2015-16 season, Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Volunteers had a talented Canadian duo on their roster, both of whom looked to play big roles for the team.
Freshman big man Kyle Alexander was Barnes’ first big-time commit after taking over the head coaching position, and sophomore forward Ray Kasongo added more size to the front court rotation.
While neither played significant minutes, both showed flashes of promise for the Volunteers. However, following the season, Kasongo opted to transfer from the program.
After several teams vying for his services, Kasongo made his decision on Friday as to where he would play next.
According to CBS Sports, Ray Kasongo has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones.
Last season with the Volunteers, the 6’8”, 245-pound forward from Toronto, ON was used sparingly in the rotation for Coach Barnes. Kasongo averaged just 5.5 minutes per contest, and playing double-digit minutes in a game twice.
Kasongo averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest. He scored a season-high 6 points, on 3-of-5 shooting, and pulled down 4 rebounds in the Volunteers’ loss to the Ole Miss Rebels on March 5th. He logged a season-high 13 minutes in the game.
Due to NCAA transfer regulations, Kasongo will sit out the 2016-17 season. He has two years of eligibility left with the Cyclones, starting in the 2017-18 campaign.
In Kasongo, the Cyclones are getting a forward who brings size to the front court rotation. He showed flashes of offensive talent in the paint in his limited minutes with Tennessee, and he showed that he can be a force on both ends of the floor in terms of rebounding.
A change of scenery might be what Kasongo needs to get back on track and make a name for himself in the NCAA.
– T. Bennett