Tchiengang Thriving in Lone Star State

Steve Tchiengang's work ethic is similar to countrymen Luc Mbah a Moute and Alfred Aboya in all three Cameroon natives go hard all the time. However, what may separate the trio is that Tchiengang has displayed a more effective and versatile offensive game.

Steve Tchiengang is appreciative and has taken advantage of his opportunity.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Cameroon native, who arrived in Houston from his native Cameroon a more than two years ago, has wasted little time.

``It was hard leaving my family and trying to learn a new culture," the Cypress Christian (Texas) junior forward said. "It was different."

But Tchiengang has excelled both on and off the court.

``I feel like my work ethic stands out," Tchiengang said. "I'm full of desire to be the best with hard work. That's what I've been doing. I never stop working. When I'm not playing, I'm working out. I'm always trying to improve. I just feel like I have a passion and desire to improve."

``I don't take anything for granted," he added.

Tchiengang is averaging 15 points, 11 boards, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks this season – a year in which is took some getting used to playing without former teammate, 7-foot-3 UConn freshman Hasheem Thabeet.

Tchiengang is versatile enough to score in the post with his intensity and aggressiveness - and also skilled enough to play on the perimeter and drain 3-pointers.

``Practice is a lot different this year without Hasheem and some of our other seniors who left," Tchiengang said. "We had a lot of Division 1 players and practice was tough. That was when I improved a lot – in practice."

``I don't have as much competition in practice now," he added.

But that doesn't mean that Tchiengang takes it easy.

His team, which also included Boston College-bound point guard Biko Paris, finished the regular-season 29-6 overall and 8-0 in TAPPS 4A.

Tchiengang, who plans to play with the T-Mac All-Stars this spring and summer, said he is wide open in his recruitment and plans to hold off making a decision until after July so he can focus on playing well on the AAU circuit.

``I don't want to think about it now," he said.

However, Tchiengang did say that the following schools have offered him a scholarship already: Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Auburn, Iowa State, Louisville, Florida, Memphis, BC and Indiana.

``I want to go somewhere that I can play right away," said Tchiengang, sounding more like most of the kids who grew up in this country. "But I know it's not given. I have to earn it and I'm willing to put the work in."

``I also want to go somewhere that can push me and help me realize my potential," he added. "I want to make my dream come true. I want to be successful to I can make a difference for my family. That's my goal."

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