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University of Cincinnati adds basketball recruit from Democratic Republic of Congo

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 17:37:38-05

University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin on Wednesday received signed national letters of intent from Class of 2017 players Trevor Moore and Eliel Nsoseme.

Moore, a 6-foot-5-inch, 195-pound guard, led the Greater Houston area in made 3-pointers as a junior at Phillis Wheatley High. The sharpshooter is now at South Kent Prep in Connecticut.

"Trevor is a great person and a great shooter," Cronin said. "He has size and toughness for a guard and loves to defend. But Trevor is also an elite perimeter shooter that is so valuable in today's game. I love his character and work ethic and am very happy he is a Bearcat."

Moore averaged 14.3 points behind 37.6 percent perimeter shooting during 16 games for the Houston Defenders, an AAU squad on the Under Armour Association’s 17U summer circuit. His 35 three-pointers during the circuit’s April-May schedule ranked second among all guards.

Nsoseme, a 6-foot-9-inch, 195-pound forward/center from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, has averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three assists through five games this fall at The RISE Centre Academy in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Last season at Clarkson Academy in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Nsoseme amassed six triple-doubles (points, rebounds and blocks) while averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

Cronin said Nsoseme (pronounced Nah-SOE-mee) is a "wonderful story."

"For a young person to come from (Kinshasa and) travel to Canada and soon to be coming to Cincinnati -- in a short period of time -- is impressive," Cronin said.

"I love his passion to compete, and his size, length, and athleticism make him a tremendous prospect," Cronin continued. "He has unusual quickness for a big man and, when combined with his energy, (this) makes him highly effective as a shot blocker, scorer and rebounder. We are very excited to have Eliel join our family."