There has been a lot of chatter over the past week or so regarding the Bearcats picking up a bigman. There’s nothing definitive of late other than some message board fodder and this photo courtesy of Action Jackson. But there has been a couple of tweets that makes me think this is more-or-less a done deal for Cincinnati:
Sudanese big man David Nyarsuk transfers from abandoned Mountain State program to Cincinnati. Raw but intriguing shotblocker.
— Prospect Overseas (@ProspOverseas) July 26, 2012
Cincinnati looking to add 7-1 C David Nyarsuk for next season. Originally committed to WVU. 2 years of eligibility left. Shot blocker.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 3, 2012
So here’s what we know:
- There’s a very tall man walking around the Clifton campus.
- Whether Nyarsuk plays next season is not certain, although I’m inclined to think he is definitely at least eligible to play.
- Nyarsuk is athletic enough to run in the up-tempo style of offense UC now operates. If he does play next season, Nyarsuk will probably get 5 – 7 minutes of playing time.
- Defensively, it seems the new UC big man should fit in perfectly in Mick’s system.
Obviously NAIA competition is night and day compared to the Big East but Nyarsuk displays the abilities to straight dominate around the basket. He’s fairly raw but nothing some refining under the watch of the UC coaching staff won’t fix. He is listed at 7’2″ 220 lbs which from initial impressions makes him sound skinny. Almost unhealthily skinny. But Nyarsuk looks to be very well balanced with a good amount of muscle on his frame. It would probably be beneficial if he added 10 or so lbs of muscle in the weight room but that will probably occur naturally during his time here.
So it looks like the Bearcats have finally added a pure center to the 2012 class, although in an unorthodox manner. Nyarsuk has been put through the ringer by not only the NCAA but the U.S. Department of Immigration. It’s truly a remarkable story that will finally close with him at Cincinnati. At the very least it will provide some stability in this young man’s life.
Back to UC, like I mentioned I’m not sure he plays much more next season with Cheikh Mbodj and Kelvin Gaines having more experience in this system. That by no means is indicative of his abilities but it will allow him to ease his way into not only a complicated system but a gauntlet that is the Big East Conference. However, I fully expect Gaines and Nyarsuk to be the anchors of the front court underneath the basket in the 2013-14 season.