Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire is a school that sends its share of players to Division-1 schools and they’ll be adding another name to that list this year.
Tshiefu Ngalakulondi (6-6, 205) is a small forward that’s being recruited by a number of schools including Jim Ferry and Duquesne. Right now, Ngalakulondi has been offered by Duquesne, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, Iona, LaSalle and St. Bonaventure.
Over the summer, Ngalakulondi has been busy making unofficial visits to prospective schools (George Washington, LaSalle, Temple and Monmouth). This week, Ngalakulondi will make a visit to Hofstra, before heading to Pittsburgh for an official visit to Duquesne.
“I actually have an official visit to Duquesne on September 1st through the 3rd,” said Ngalakulondi.
“I started talking to Duquesne assistant coach Lawson and Duquesne in the spring. They came to watch me play a lot in the spring and summer in tournaments,” said Ngalakulondi. “I then started to talk with Coach Ferry. He’s from this area and went to school here, so we talked about that and have kept in touch.”
“Talking with Coach Lawson, there’s a good vibe to him. He really wants to help me succeed, both on and off the court. He keeps in touch with me all the time, seeing how I’m doing and also making sure I keep Duquesne in mind.”
Ngalakulondi tells me that the Duquesne staff likes his high motor, his rebounding ability and how he distributes and creates shots for others. The talented forward says that he’s really drawn to Duquesne’s style of play.
“They believe I fit their style of play. Duquesne believes I can go there and be an instant impact player and not just go there and be a role player,” said Ngalakulondi.
This upcoming official visit for Ngalakulondi will be big for Duquesne. I think his comfort level in the city will be a factor. The Dukes have a shot, as Ngalakulondi says that they’re in his Top 3.
// Header image: Photo courtesy of Tshiefu Ngalakulondi