After an impressive freshman season at UNLV, forward Joel Ntambwe has decided to take his talents elsewhere. Having looked into multiple programs, it appears that Ntambwe has found his destination.
In a Twitter post on Sunday, Ntambwe revealed that he will be joining the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders are coming off their first-ever appearance in the Final Four and the NCAA Tournament title game.
Ntambwe averaged 11.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Rebels last seasons. He was the only freshman to start all 31 games for the team.
Unfortunately, the Rebels finished with a 17-14 record, missing the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in a row.
I’d like to thank everyone at UNLV for a great season last year, and all the schools that have recruited me. After going through all my options along with my family, I decided to continue my collegiate career in Lubbock, Texas and play for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. pic.twitter.com/SCZ97Y8fnb
— Joelnt (@joelntambwe2) May 26, 2019
Ntambwe is likely going to have to fight for minutes on his new team though. Texas Tech has become a pretty popular destination this year.
247Sports has the Red Raiders bringing in nine other players ahead of the 2019-20 season – seven freshman and two other transfers. Ntambwe will likely have to sit out the 2019-20 season and then will have three seasons of eligibility.
As of writing, Texas Tech’s 2019 recruiting class is ranked No. 15 in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12.
Chris Beard and the Red Raiders are clearly building for sustained success, and Ntambwe now has a chance to be a part of it.