7-0 center Beas Hamga, who was granted a release from UNLV last week, is considering USC as a possible new home for his basketball career according to his legal guardian Mark Adams. Hamga is a native of Cameroon who played his high school basketball in Decatur, IL. He was a highly rated prospect and was heavily recruited before choosing UNLV over Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa and New Mexico. He actually committed to Iowa before Steve Alford left for New Mexico. He was redshirted his first year at UNLV and played in five games this season before asking for his release.
Indiana might have been his first choice this time but the Hoosiers don't have any scholarships available. It's likely that Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, a close friend of USC coach Darrin Horn, suggested the Gamecocks to Hamga and Adams. But Horn was already very familiar with the big man. "He's seen him play more than anybody," Adams said. "He (Hamga) wants somebody who has seen him play. He feels like he can play at a high level like the SEC."
Hamga is spending time with friends from Cameroon this weekend. Tuesday he plans to visit Ole Miss when the Rebels play Florida A&M. And he plans to visit USC December 30th when the Gamecocks take on Clemson. Adams said Hamga probably will take a third visit but is not sure where. He's also looking at Rutgers, Providence and Rhode Island.
Hamga plans to enroll in school for the second semester. He won't be eligible to play until the end of the 2009 fall semester when he would be a second semester sophomore.