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Texas Tech Basketball signs 6’8 forward Joshua Mballa

Mballa is the latest and most surprising recruit of this class and will fill a need for the Red Raiders.

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball program got another signee today as French forward Joshua Mballa committed and signed to become a Red Raider today. He is a 6’8 forward and will fill a much needed position with the departure of Zach Smith and Tommy Hamilton IV.

With his 7’1” wingspan, Mballa is a defensive anchor and will be able to learn from one of the best defenders on the team in Norense Odiase on how to be a great post defender. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in France, Mballa has been playing his ball most recently at the Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut, the same place sophomore forward Malik Ondigo played his high school ball at.

Mballa will be looking to get some minutes off the bench as a freshman, but I see him as a potential redshirt guy with guy on the roster like Odiase, Ondigo, and graduate transfer Tariq Owens, along with newcomers Kavon Moore and Deshawn Corpew potentially playing the power forward spot as well.

Mballa is definitely the project player that could make some big plays for the Red Raiders down the line. He was on the 2017 FIBA U18 squad for the French national team and averaged 7 point and 5 rebounds in the 2017 FIBA European Championships. This is a huge get for the Red Raiders and I very much look forward to seeing him in action.

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