Georgetown Transfer Could Make Big Contribution
Some may be quick to dismiss a player who never rose above bench status in four years for the Hoyas. Moses Ayegba is a 6'9" forward who will play his final year of basketball for the Huskers after graduating from Georgetown. But that's a little short-sighted. His potential to contibute goes well beyond the 13 minutes per game he offered in our nation's capital.
First of all, understand that players his size have been a dime a dozen over the years at Georgetown (a.k.a. Big Man U). The school churns out NBA big men like Nebraska churns out running backs. Over his first two seasons, Otto Porter was in the rotation at forward and ended up the 3rd overall pick in the NBA draft. Hollis Thompson was also in the rotation in Ayegba's first year and spent this season playing for the 76ers. Likewise, Henry Sims also finished the season on the 76ers and was a frontcourt player for Georgetown when Ayegba arrived. Joshua Smith stole a lot of minutes this past year and is known as the "Round Mound of Georgetown" resembling former NBA/Georgetown forward Michael Sweetney. Forward Mikael Hopkins took advantage of Ayegba's lost year to an ACL injury and snuck ahead of him in the rotation and Nate Lubick was already a year ahead of him in school. With talented guards and wingmen, the Hoyas were able to go small as well, further shrinking the minutes available at forward.
On paper, an ACL injury only costs a medical redshirt year but in truth the impact is usually felt over two seasons. Players are seldom the same the first year back from injury. So even though Ayegba played two years ago, he was likely not fully recovered physically that season.
Despite his participation at the Progressive Christian Academy prior to Georgetown, Ayegba is Nigerian and thus didn't get the exposure to basketball that an American kid would. In that sense, he's had some catching up to do. But it also means he probably hasn't come near his ceiling yet. The opportunity for major improvement is there.
Husker fans shouldn't have to be reminded of the contributions that a transfer can make. Terran Petteway, Nebraska's star wingman, transferred after averaging just 3 points in 13 minutes at Texas Tech. If history repeats itself with Ayegba, the Huskers could wind up with a nice strong inside compliment to the perimeter play of Petteway and Walter Pitchford.