Tchiengang talks Louisville visit

Steve Tchiengang

One day after helping lead Cypress Christian to the Texas private school state title, 6-9 junior forward Steve Tchiengang showed up in Louisville to watch the No. 16 Cardinals close out the regular-season with an, 86-71, win over Seton Hall.

One day after helping lead Cypress Christian to the Texas private school state title, 6-9 junior forward Steve Tchiengang showed up in Louisville to watch the No. 16 Cardinals close out the regular-season with an, 86-71, win over Seton Hall.

Tchiengang, who sat next to 7-foot Louisville signee Clarence Holloway during the game, is a versatile four-star prospect who possesses three-point range and can also block shots and rebound around the basket.

"It was a very exciting and a very physical game," Tchiengang told InsideTheVille.com Sunday evening. "I really enjoyed the game and the crowd was great."

Tchiengang will return to Texas Monday, but will spend Sunday night in Louisville. Before returning home, the 220 pound forward will attend a Louisville practice and get a little more familiar with the U of L program.

In addition to watching Louisville claim the No. 2 seed in this weeks Big East Tournament, Tchiengang also spent some time talking with Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and some of the Louisville players.

"I like Louisville's program," said Tchiengang. "Coach Pitino is a really good coach and I had a chance to talk to him for about hour. He talked about how he likes players with desire who love the game of basketball. I really appreciated what he told me. Coach Marvin (Menzies) has been doing a good job recruiting me since last year. I also talked to the guy who fell and hit his head during the game (Jerry Smith) quite a bit and I enjoyed talking to him."

That's a description that fits Tchiengang perfectly. A native of Cameroon, Tchiengang is known as an athletic, hustling forward with a strong work ethic and a sharp desire to improve his game.

"I have to raise my basketball IQ and skill level," Tchiengang said. "I have to improve every aspect of my game. It's a blessing that all of these schools are recruiting me. I've worked really hard and it's starting to payoff. I enjoy the recruiting process, but I have to keep working hard to improve."

Tchiengang's visit to Louisville wasn't his first trip to a college campus. A former high school teammate of 7'3" UConn center Hasheem Thabeet, Tchiengang has also visited the Huskies, Boston College, as well as several Big XII programs.

"I don't have a favorite," Tchiengang said. "I'm just starting to learn what basketball and the recruiting process are all about. I have to figure things out and I want to find the right place for me - a school that plays the right tempo and has a good coach."

Tchiengang recently scored an invite to the NBA players camp and will have a busy spring showing off his diverse skills on the AAU circuit this spring.

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