Tchiengang making a move

After Cypress Christian School disbanded its basketball program, this top-50 recruit found a new home in Florida. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop had a chance to visit with him about the move and what it means for his recruiting process.

Steve Tchiengang, ranked No. 50 nationally in the class of 2008 by, has decided to play his senior season at Montverde Academy in Florida. Recently, Cypress Christian School disbanded its basketball program leaving the Houston area prospect looking for a new program.

"I'm going to attend Montverde Academy in Florida," Tchiengang said. "It's a very good school. College coaches speak very highly of the coach there and he's very good at developing and improving individual skill levels."

While Tchiengang's overall game has really improved over the past year, he's hoping his senior season will pay dividends on the court.

"I need to improve my passing, shooting percentage, and my overall inside game," Tchiengang said. "But I really want to focus on going strong to the basket and my ability to drive the lane."

Currently, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward is taking a few weeks off from the AAU circuit to heal a stress fracture in his leg, but hopes to rejoin the TMAC All-Stars in time for some big tournaments in mid-to-late July.

"I have a stress fracture in my tibia, so the doctors want me to rest for a few weeks," Tchiengang said. "They say I should wait another 2-3 weeks, so I should be back for the Las Vegas tournament in July, but I won't rush it if I'm not ready."

Tchiengang not only took the recent time off from the hardwood to find a new high school, but he also used the opportunity to make the 1.5 hour drive up to Texas A&M to check out the new coaching staff and catch up with some old friends on the team.

"I talked with the new coaching staff mainly about my game and how things are going," Tchiengang said. "Coach Turgeon seems to be very straightforward about everything and that impressed me. He's a family man and I like his philosophy on basketball."

Tchiengang also had a chance to talk with some current A&M players he's known from his recent years playing in Houston.

"I spent some time with BJ Holmes and Deandre Jordan while I was there," Tchiengang said. "They spoke very positively about the new coaching staff and what they are doing in the program."

After he left A&M, Tchiengang continued up Highway 6 to Waco and visited with the Baylor staff.

"They've recruited me the longest and I like Coach Drew," Tchiengang said. "Baylor has always been a school that I'm seriously considering."

However, despite the recent visits to in-state schools A&M and Baylor, Tchiengang made it clear that he's looking at a whole host of schools from across the nation, and at this point, is still gathering information to trim his list of schools.

"I'm open right now. I'm still getting new offers. I just heard from Kansas State, Virginia Tech, and Maryland," Tchiengang said. "A&M, Louisville, and Vanderbilt have been on me a while along with many others. There's a lot of schools I'm looking at."

While Tchiengang is being overwhelmed with offers, he realizes that he'll need to trim his list of favorites to a manageable level in the near future.

"I hope to have a Top 5 by the end of July, but I just don't know for sure," Tchiengang said. "I may want to take some official visits and take my time, or I may feel like I want to speed it up and get it out of the way before I go off to school. I'll have to see how things go and how I feel."

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