Cincinnati and head coach Mick Cronin have the potential to build off some budding potential as the 2012-13 season approaches.
On Monday, the university and team received word that 7-foot NAIA transfer David Nyarsuk has been cleared to play for the Bearcats.
The loss of Yancy Gates clears things down low for Cincinnati, and the addition of Nyarsuk should instantly help the Bearcats moving forward.
Nyarsuk is listed on the Bearcats’ roster as an original native of Sudan, yet he comes to UC by way of Mountain State, a member institution of the NAIA level, in West Virginia.
The center enters the Bearcats’ program as a junior after averaging 9.8 points and 8.0 rebounds last season at Mountain State.
Interestingly enough, Nyarsuk was awaiting clearance to play due to the fact that Mountain State had lost their accreditation. Therefore, Monday’s decision comes as a big boost for Cincinnati, especially given the uncertainty that was in play.
Nyarsuk had originally committed to play for Bob Huggins and West Virginia back in 2009, but the big man did not qualify academically.
The Bearcats face the uncertainty of being thin down low, even with Nyarsuk, given the fact that this will be his first season at the Division I level. However, Cincinnati has a superior lineup of guards and a back court that could allow Cronin to stretch the floor on the offensive end.
Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick, and Jaquan Parker all return for the Bearcats in 2012-13 and that three-headed monster should be the primary driving force in the squad’s ability to advance to this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Nyarsuk had already been enrolled in class at Cincinnati, but today’s news allows him to get on the court this season, a big boost for Cincinnati.
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