Then the 7-foot Cameroon native, who spent the season at Decatur Christian (Ill.), opted to sign with Lon Kruger's UNLV Running Rebels.
``I really liked the coaches and trust them," Hamga said. "They said they want to build the program around me and that I can be the cornerstone of the team."
Hamga, who also connected with his host at UNLV, countryman Gaston Essengue, is an athletic and talented big man who runs the floor, rebounds well and is a terrific shot-blocker.
``He's the best shot-blocker in the country – whether it's '07 or '08," Decatur Christian coach Alan Huss. "He's a dominant defensive center and he's got a chance to really develop offensively."
``Kentucky has a great program also, but I made my choice and I think everything will work out at UNLV," Hamga said. "I'm excited."