Bernard Kouma Signs with Illinois Basketball


(WCIA) — Illinois Men’s Basketball adds another signee to the Class of 2019, front-court player Bernard Kouma is officially committed to the Illini.

Originally hailing from N’Djamena, Chad, Kouma is a 6-foot-10 240-pound frontcourt player currently living in the Bronx while attending Our Savior Lutheran school. Kouma averaged 14.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this past season as a senior.

“We are excited to officially welcome Bernard Kouma to the Fighting Illini family,” Head Coach Brad Underwood says. “Bernard is a hard worker who has really improved during his years in the U.S. He is a skilled big who is a terrific rebounder, can use either hand around the basket, passes it well, and has become a physical presence as his body has developed. He will strengthen our frontcourt with his ability to impact the game at both ends of the court.”

Kouma joins center Kofi Cockburn in the Fighting Illini Class of 2019.

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