Former Winston-Salem State power forward Michel-Ofik Nzege is transferring to East Carolina to play basketball.
First reported by the Durham Herald-Sun, the 6-foot-8, 220 pounder started 17 games last season and helped the Rams to a 21-6 record as a freshman –averaging 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Due to NCAA rules, Nzege will have to sit out the 2013-2014 season, but is expected to be on campus for the fall semester.
In May, two of the Pirates’ big men – Robert Sampson and Yashin Kolo – transferred out of ECU, which left a void in the interior-post department.
Soon after Sampson and Kolo moved on, Jeff Lebo made a huge splash by landing Florida State shooting guard Terry Whisnant II, who along with Nzege, will have to wait until next year to take the floor before the crowds at Minges Coliseum.
Nzege, a native of Geneva, Switzerland, played his high school basketball at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. He will be 22 years old when he begins his second year of eligibility.