LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech men's basketball head coach Chris Beardhas inked Josh Mballa to an Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) announced Monday.
Mballa, a 6-8 forward from Bordeaux, France, joins the Red Raiders as a freshman beginning in 2018-19. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and returned to the United States two years ago. He prepped at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut under Tom Espinosa, the same program as sophomore forward Malik Ondigo.
Mballa is a strong rebounder and defender who is long, athletic and plays with a high motor. His team won their first National Prep Championship last season. Mballa also has extensive international experience with the French National Team. He played in the FIBA U17 World Championships in 2016 and the FIBA U18 European Championships in 2017. Mballa posted 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2017 event.
The Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office is selling season tickets for as low as $135 and taking season ticket renewals for the upcoming 2018-19 season online at www.TexasTech.com. Fans also can renew their season tickets or purchase season tickets in person at the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office located on the East Side of Jones AT&T Stadium or over the phone at (806) 742-8324 (TECH). Information on single-game tickets and mini-plans will be announced at a later date by the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office.
Texas Tech is coming off the program's first NCAA Elite Eight trip and a program-best second-place Big 12 finish en route to a 27-10 record in 2017-18. The 27 wins were the second-highest total in program history for a season only behind the 30-2 mark put together by the 1995-96 squad under James Dickey. The Red Raiders also set a program single season record with eight victories over Associated Press Top 25 opponents and captured a program-best No. 6 final ranking in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll.
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What being is saying about Josh Mballa
Tom Espinosa, Putnam Science Academy
"Josh is one of the toughest players that has come through our program. His combination of strength, athleticism and versatility makes him extremely unique. This is a late steal and a great fit for both Josh and Texas Tech. Coach Mark Adams did a great job of making a connection with Josh and was consistent in recruiting him all season."