The Nebraska men’s basketball team has filled a recruiting need for next season – an experienced big man.
Georgetown transfer Moses Ayegba, who made an official visit to Lincoln on April 12, confirmed Wednesday night he’s finishing his career with the Huskers.
“I just loved the place,” Ayegba said. “I loved the coaches and the players, and it seemed like the right fit for me.”
Nebraska is expected to announce the addition of Ayegba on Thursday. The Huskers have been looking for a frontcourt player to contribute primarily in rebounding and defense, although Ayegba declined to say anything about his potential playing time next season, noting that's a conversation he wanted to keep between himself and NU coaches.
Ayegba, a 6-foot-9, 247-pound center, is a fifth-year senior. He’ll be eligible to play immediately after he earns his undergraduate degree in May.
Ayegba said he “spent four good years at Georgetown” but was looking for a change. This season, he played in 31 games and averaged 13.1 minutes, 1.9 points, 2.8 rebounds with 23 blocked shots.
A native of Kano, Nigeria, Ayegba came to the United States in 2009 and attended Progressive Christian Academy in Maryland. He played in six games as a true freshman but sat out his sophomore season, in 2011-12, after tearing the ACL in his right knee during a summer league game.
Nebraska assistant basketball coach Kenya Hunter first recruited Ayegba to Georgetown, convincing him to choose the Hoyas over Texas, Kentucky, Florida, UCLA, Connecticut, Tennessee and Indiana.
Ayegba said his relationship with Hunter played a key role in him coming to Nebraska. Indiana, Boston College, Miami and Long Beach State also showed interest in Ayegba as a transfer, he said.
Ayegba will arrive in Lincoln this summer after he graduates from Georgetown.