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.
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.
``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."