It appears that Oklahoma State is going to be able to add European big man Lucas N'Guessan to the basketball roster after all. Sources confirmed to Go Pokes that N'Guessan is on the way from his native Netherlands to enroll and attend Oklahoma State for the fall semester.
Cowboys new head coach Brad Underwood told us earlier this summer after he had gained a commitment from N'Guessan that it is always difficult to get foreign players through all the academic hurdles to first, be accepted and allowed to enroll in school and then second, to get through the NCAA Clearinghouse for initial eligibility.
N'Guessan is now through the first hurdle but still in the process of making it over the second, according to multiple sources. The seven-foot N'Guessan will at least be able to start school and begin working out with the team. It is anticipated that he will be playing catch up with conditioning and with strength. Most Euro big men are more perimeter players and shooters and not necessarily back to the basket, post up, or physical style of players.
Following the tragic death of junior college transfer Tyrick Coger following a summer conditioning workout the Cowboys have just five players that would be considered center, power forward or small forward – Mitchell Solomon is a 6-9, 245-pound junior from Bixby; Will Lienhard is a 6-7, 255-pound walk-on from Oklahoma City; Leyton Hammonds is a 6-8, 215-pound senior; Cameron McGriff is a 6-7, 210-pound freshman, and Jeff Carroll is a 6-6, 215-pound junior.
N'Guessan has trained and studied at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. The school lists this explanation as its main objective.
Canarias Basketball Academy School (CBA School) is born alter the consolidation of the CBA, program that began in 2007 with the goal of becoming a High Performance Center that helps basketball players improve. Our main aim is the training of players both in sports and in studies from the cadet age.
The main language in the basketball training is English and English is taught in the studies so as to assist players in being ready to move over and accept scholarships at American colleges and universities.
N'Guessan, who averaged 3.9 points and 5.1 rebounds while playing an average of 13 minutes a game in the FIBA U18 Championships, shows skills in video that is available on the internet. He thanked his instructors and coaches at the Academy for his opportunity when he committed to Oklahoma State.
"I´m very thankful to Rob Orellana and to all CBA´s coaches for helping me during my three years at the Academy," N'Guessan wrote on social media. "Here I trained daily with the ex NBA Champion and ex Euroleague player Richard Petruska for countless hours and that really helped me in my development. Now, I want to enjoy this opportunity at Oklahoma St and work as hard as I can for Coach Underwood and his staff."