JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State University men's basketball program continues to fortify its frontcourt as the Red Wolves have signed junior college center Nouhoum "Nom" Bocoum (pronounced Na-hoom Ba-coom) to a National Letter of Intent in an announcement made this Thursday (June 19) by A-State head coach John Brady.
Bocoum, a 6-10, 270-pound frontcourt player, is the latest addition to A-State's talented recruiting class and will be eligible for participation in the upcoming 2014-15 season.
"We're pleased to have Nom join our program," said Brady. "He has great size and hands. Nom has the opportunity to be an effective post player in the Sun Belt Conference."
Bocoum spent the 2013-14 season playing at Paris (Texas) Junior College under head coach Chuck Taylor and helped the nationally-ranked Dragons along with A-State early signee Ronnie White claim both Region XIV Athletic Conference and conference tourney champion titles. He earned third-team All-Region 14 and all-conference second-team honors this past campaign while averaging 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.0 blocked shots per contest as PJC compiled a 26-8 overall record. Bocoum, a native of New York, N.Y., also averaged 0.4 assists and steals apiece while connecting on 53.6 percent of his shots from the floor en route to being named the Dragons' Most Valuable Player.
Prior to Paris JC, Boucoum spent the 2012-13 season at Albany (Ga.) Technical College after competing in 2011-12 for Beacon Prep Academy in Atlanta, Ga. He produced per game averages of 10.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 1.0 assists, and 0.4 steals to go with a 45.6 percent field goal percentage at Albany Tech.
The son of Oumarou Bocoum and Kadiatou Toure of New York, N.Y., Boucoum is a 2011 graduate of the South Florida Preparatory Christian Academy in Oakland Park, Fla., and played prep basketball under head coach Jimmy Wooten as a Class 3A Conference member.
Bocoum joins a list of A-State newcomers which includes center Ronnie White, 6-5 guard-forward Frederic Dure, 6-4 guard Connor Kern, 6-6 forward Adam Ward, 6-6 forward Charles Waters, and 6-9 forward Anthony Livingston.
A-State registered a 19-13 record for the 2013-14 campaign under head coach John Brady as the Red Wolves tallied 19 victories for the second consecutive season.
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