Aggie Hoops Staff Signs Trocha

The TExas Aggie basketball team added a third member of its early 2013 signing class with the announcement that highly-touted Colombian national Tony Trocha signed with head coach Billy Kennedy. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the details of his long road to College Station.

The long and winding road known as the recruitment of Tony Trocha has ended in College Station today with Texas A&M's announcement that the 6-foot-10 highly-touted Colombian has signed a national letter of intent.

The shot blocking phenom came to the United States over a year ago looking to play high school ball with St. Thomas in Houston. However, with enough high school credits from his native country, he decided to re-classify to the class of 2012 and the wild dash for his signature commenced with Providence, Ohio State, Georgetown, UCLA, Texas A&M, and particularly Kentucky. In fact, when Trocha returned to Colombia this summer to compete on the national team, head coach John Calipari made his way down to South America to recruit the young post.

But, while learning the English language, Trocha took longer than expected to achieve a qualifying score. Thus, a few schools moved on, but Texas A&M remained persistent in its recruitment of the long, athletic post prospect. That persistence paid off with the announcement of his signing.

Trocha is still working on his test scores, and he could be eligible to play later in December at the end of the current semester. If he is unable to secure the qualifying test score before the start of the spring semester in mid-January, he will likely begin his collegiate career next fall.

Here is the university's press release.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M men's basketball program announced Thursday the signing of Tonny Trocha-Morelos, a highly-recruited center and native of Colombia.

"I am excited to add Tonny to our program," Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. "He will have an immediate impact to our program. He is a skilled big man who affects the game on both ends of the floor."

A long and athletic post, Trocha-Morelos made a good impression over the summer when he played for the Colombian U18 Team at the FIBA Americas in Brazil, averaging 16 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest, both team-highs.

Additionally, Morelos played for Team Latin America at the ADIDAS Nations tournament where he led all players in blocked shots.

The 6-foot-10 center is a highly-prized prospect who received a four-star rating by and was recruited by Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Georgetown, Houston,Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Providence, Texas Tech and UCLA, among others.

Trocha-Morelos joins an already impressive Texas A&M recruiting class that already includes Davonte Fitzgerald (Tucker, Ga.) and Tavario Miller (Houston, Texas).

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