ATLANTA – Georgia State head coach Rob Lanier announced Tuesday that Cincinnati forward/center Eliel Nsoseme has announced he will be transferring to play for the Panthers. After sitting the 2019-20 season per NCAA transfer rules, Nsoseme will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Nsoseme becomes the fourth signee for Lanier who was announced as Georgia State’s new head coach in April.
A native of Kinshasa, Congo, Nsoseme played 33 games for the Bearcats last season following 29 as a freshman. Prior to his arrival at Cincinnati, Nsoseme starred at The RISE Centre Academy in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
“Eliel is a great addition to our program,” Lanier said. “On the court, he brings a special motor. The energy and passion that he plays with along with his size and athleticism will make him a formidable frontcourt player. What’s most exciting about Elly is his character. He will be a great teammate, a strong student, and a tremendous representative of our university and our basketball program. “
In a reserve role last year, Nsoseme averaged 1.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 10.9 minutes per game. He tallied a season-high six points and matched a career-best with eight rebounds against North Kentucky in early December. He also grabbed eight rebounds with three points and two blocks at UNLV just days before.
He was named to the Bearcats Academic Honor Roll during the 2018 fall semester and the Bearcats Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s list during the 2019 spring semester.
As a freshman reserve, he averaged 0.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 5.7 minutes per game. He scored five points with a pair of field goals and four rebounds in nine minutes against Memphis. Nsoseme finished the year shooting 52. Percent from the floor and grabbed three or more rebounds in eight games.
During his first season, he was named to the Bearcats Academic Honor Roll during the 2017 fall semester.
Prior to his arrival at Cincinnati Nsoseme averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6.5 blocked shots per game while earning MVP honors at The RISE Centre Academy. He was also named a 2016 Adidas Nation All-Star for team Canada. Nsoseme earned MVP honors at the 2016 Pinky Lewis Invitational.
He played at the Clarkson Academy in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada during the 2015-16 season producing six triple-doubles (points, rebounds, blocks) while averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks per game.
Under first-year head coach Rob Lanier, the Panthers are beginning summer skill instruction this week as Georgia State looks to make a third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.