|13 Michel Nzege|
Pirates notch eighth straight win over the Spartans
Career Notes: Sat out the 2013-14 season in accordance with NCAA rules ... Played his freshman season at Winston-Salem State University before electing to transfer.
As A Sophomore (2014-15)
Played in all 33 games and made 32 starts … Averaged 5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 18.4 minutes per game … Shot .616 from the field, but din’t have enough attempts to rank among the league leaders … Grabbed a team-high 154 total rebounds, while posting the Pirates’ top individual rebounding average … Ranked second on the team in blocked shots (12) … Led the Pirates in scoring once with 18 points against Central Connecticut State … Was the team’s leading rebounder in 12 games … Recorded a team-high three double-doubles, including two in the first three games … Scored double figures in six games and grabbed double digit rebounds in four games … Had an additional 10 games with five or more rebounds … Set the ECU single-game record for most field goals made without amiss going 9-for-9 versus Central Connecticut … Scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in his ECU debut against N.C. Wesleyan … Grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds against Virginia University of Lynchburg, also scoring 12 points … Had 13 points and 11 rebounds at home against Tulsa … Added 13 points versus UCF in the first round of The American Basketball Championship tournament … Played over 20 minutes in 11 games with four games playing more than 30 minutes … Had multiple blocks in three games and multiple steals in three games … Distributed multiple assists in three games with a season-nest five at home versus Tulsa.
As A Freshman At WSSU (2012-13): Named to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Rookie Team ... Helped WSSU to a 21-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the NCAA Division II CIAA ... Played in 26 of the Rams' 27 games with 18 starts ... Ranked fourth on the team in scoring (7.6 points) and tied for third in rebounding (3.7 rpg) ... Shot 53.8 percent from the floor ... Averaged 14.5 minutes per game, playing 20 or minutes in eight games ... Scored double figures in nine games ... Grabbed seven or more rebounds in eight games, including a pair of games with nine ... Recorded multiple blocked shots in five games ... Shot 75.0 percent (42-56) from the foul line in the final 17 games of the season after shooting 31.9 percent (6-19) in the first 10 games.
High School: Played his final year of high school basketball at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game ... Led The Orme School (Ariz.) to the 2011 state championship with a 25-0 record ... Named to the 1A all-state second-team by the Arizona Republic ... Played with the Swiss 18-and-under national team in 2009 and '10 before moving to Arizona ... Led his 17-and-under and 18-and-under teams to Swiss national championships.
Personal: Full name is Michel-Ofik Nzege ... Born Oct. 14, 1992 in Geneva, Switzerland ... Son of Elise Mutambula ... Has an older sister, Allegra Nzege ... Plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice ... Fluent in French, German and English.