Hoops Gains Commit

Next season the front line for the Arkansas State Red Wolves just might be pegged the Big City Line.

A third piece was added Saturday night when 6-foot-10, 270-pound Nouhoum Bocuom from Paris (Texas) Junior College committed to the Red Wolves during a weekend visits. He chose A-State over North Texas and Eastern Michigan. An offer from Houston was pulled late after the Cougars added a couple of junior college signees.

Bocuom averaged 9.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in just 16 minutes a game at Paris.

"I loved it there," said Bocuom, who is expected to sign his letter of intent today or Monday. "The coaches were great, loved the facilities. I liked everything. This was my third place to visit and I just felt the most comfortable there."

I think the three of us together can go in there and help take the team to another level

"And the Red Wolves are big in Jonesboro. All the stores were painted up with Red Wolves. Everyone was friendly. I just felt real comfortable there."

From the Bronx, N.Y., Bocuom will join Paris teammate Ronnie White, a 6-foot-9 center from Chicago, and Anthony Livingston, a 6-9 sophomore from Washington, D.C., who played at San Jacinto (Texas) Community College at A-State. White signed in November and Livingston inked with ASU last month.

In February, Paris defeated San Jacinto 61-58 and ended San Jac's 11-game winning streak. In that game, Bocoum had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block. White finished with 10 points and Livingston had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

"Ronnie was after me to come here and Anthony Livingston, who I played with in prep school, was after me to come to school there. I think the three of us together can go in there and help take the team to another level."

Bocoum played high school ball in New York and spent a year at a prep School in Minnesota. He attended Paris for two seasons.

"I can play either 4 or 5 spot," he said. "I know a big issue with me is my conditioning. That is one of the first things coach (John) Brady said to me. And he has a plan to help me there."