Beas Hamga Headed to Mountain West

Beas Hamga is a 7-footer who became in demand. He was previously committed to Iowa before the coaching change. Then he went from a Class of 2008 guy to someone who was on track to qualify and play this fall. After a pair of visits, the Cameroon native made up his mind.

After announcing he'd try and graduate in the Class of 2007, Beas Hamga took a pair of trips over the past 10 days. First it was to UNLV and then Kentucky.

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."


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