CLARKSVILLE, TN — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and teams are putting the final touches on their rosters.
Several teams have assembled their squads for this season, and are currently on international exhibition tours to try and get their players on the same page in advance of the year. Others are still at home, looking for that final piece to the puzzle that could lead them to a conference title and/or a post-season berth.
The transfer market has thinned out considerably, but there are still some intriguing players available who can either help immediately or in 2018-19.
On Saturday afternoon, another player came off the table, and one of America’s favourite teams from the 2016 NCAA Tournament picked up some forward depth as they look to push for an Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18.
The Austin Peay Governors added transfer forward Averyl Ugba, who is immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season.
Ugba comes to the Governors after playing one season with the Grambling State Tigers. In 30 minutes of court time per night, the 6’7” forward averaged 13.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest, while shooting 55.5% from the floor.
The native of Silver Spring, MD was named to the All-SWAC First Team for his efforts last season. He was joined by Zach Lofton, Shawn Prudhomme, Marcus Romain, and Marquis Vance.
Ugba was the lone Tiger to receive a post-season award from the SWAC.
In just his fifth Division I game for the Tigers, a 101-93 loss in overtime to the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros, Ugba showed thta he can be a force on both ends of the floor. He finished the game with 26 points, on 9-of-13 (69.2%) shooting, and 20 rebounds. It was the first of his back-to-back double-double performances.
One night later, against the Savannah State Tigers, he went for 18 points and 16 rebounds in a six-point win for Grambling State.
In Ugba, the Governors get a forward who brings size and muscle to the front court. At 225 pounds, Ugba will battle on both ends of the floor and be a force inside, and he showed that over the course of the 2016-17 season.
– T. Bennett