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Transfer F Olivier Nkamhoua Picks Michigan Over Trio of Big 12 Schools

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Tennessee transfer forward Olivier Nkamhoua, who visited West Virginia, Kansas State, and Baylor since entering the transfer portal, has picked Michigan as his new school ahead of the 2023 season.

Nkamhoua, one of the nation’s top remaining transfers, was reportedly down to the Mountaineers and Bears as his finalists a week ago before making a surprise commitment to the Wolverines.

The 6’9 235-pound forward averaged 10.8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists while shooting 51.3% from the field last season.


With Hunter Dickinson now a Kansas Jayhawk, Michigan was in dire need of a physical player who can score in the paint, and Nkamhoua is just that.

Nkamhoua, a native of Helsinki, Finland, will now end his college career in Ann Arbor, where Juwan Howard went 18-16 in 2023, leading to a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten and missing out on the NCAA Tournament.

It’s a step down from Tennessee, who finished 25-11 and in fourth place in the SEC last season before making a run to the Sweet 16. However, Nkamhoua will likely be a featured weapon for the Wolverines offense in 2023, meaning he could potentially elevate his draft stock ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft.

In four years at Tennessee, Nkamhoua appeared in 112 games, making 56 starts over the last two seasons. He withdrew his name from the 2023 NBA Draft last week and was projected as a second-round pick at best, and more likely to go undrafted this time around.

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