Baylor basketball signs two transfers

WACO, Texas Baylor men’s basketball has signed a pair of highly-regarded transfers, head coach Scott Drew announced on Wednesday. Former UNLV forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua and former Presbyterian guard Adam Flagler both signed Financial Aid Contracts and will join the Bears this summer.

Flagler and Tchamwa Tchatchoua (pronounced CHAWM-wuh CHAT-chew-wuh) both played as freshmen during the 2018-19 season. They will sit out the 2019-20 season to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements and will have three years of eligibility remaining when they debut as redshirt sophomores in 2020-21.

Flagler, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, started all 36 games for Presbyterian and was named Big South Conference Freshman of the Year after leading the Blue Hose in scoring with 15.9 points per game. He shot .385 from 3-point range (108-of-280), and his 108 made 3-pointers ranked 23rd nationally.

Tchamwa Tchatchoua, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, played in 31 games and made 11 starts as a freshman at UNLV in 2018-19. He averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 13.3 minutes per game.

“Jonathan and Adam are perfect fits at Baylor University,” Drew said. “They are great students, tremendous athletes and great teammates, but most importantly they’re high-character young men. We are blessed to have them joining the Baylor Basketball Family.”

Flagler is a Duluth, Ga., native, who finished his prep career as Duluth High School’s all-time leading scorer (1,300) and 3-point shooter (227). He joined Presbyterian as part of its 2018 signing class.

Flagler helped PC to a 20-16 record and a pair of postseason road wins in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. He scored in double-figures in 32 of 36 games, including 10 games with 20-plus points.

Some of Flagler’s best games came against the toughest opponents on Presbyterian’s schedule. He had back-to-back 20-point games at Marquette and at UCLA in November, posting 20 points at Marquette and a season-high 29 points at UCLA, and he added a 20-point effort at Dayton in December. In six Kenpom.com tier A+B games, Flagler averaged 17.5 points per game.

A Douala, Cameroon, native, Tchamwa Tchatchoua played his prep basketball at the NBA Global Academy in Australia, an elite basketball training center which serves as the NBA’s hub for top prospects from outside the U.S. He also participated in three Basketball Without Borders camps prior to enrolling at UNLV as part of the 2018 signing class.

Tchamwa Tchatchoua helped UNLV to a 17-14 record while playing in all 31 of the Rebels’ games in 2018-19. He came off the bench in his first eight games before joining the starting lineup for an 11-game stretch.

In his 11 games as a starter, Tchamwa Tchatchoua averaged 5.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per contest. He posted his career-first double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in just 16 minutes, going 9-of-10 at the free throw line and grabbing eight offensive rebounds against Colorado State on Jan. 2, 2019.

Tchamwa Tchatchoua led UNLV with a 14.9 offensive rebound percentage and ranked second on the team with a 5.3 blocked shot percentage. He converted on nearly 50 percent of his 2-point field goal attempts (38-of-77) and shot .682 from the free-throw line (30-of-44).

Flagler and Tchamwa Tchatchoua join Jordan Turner to give the Bears three student-athletes in the 2019 signing class, though only Turner will be eligible in 2019-20. BU also adds Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague for 2019-20, after both competed on the practice squad while sitting out as transfers last season.

The Bears are projected as high as No. 15 nationally in the 2019-20 Preseason Top 25 compiled by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. Only two players from Baylor’s 2018-19 squad have exhausted eligibility, and BU returns 10 players who have at least 26 games of Division I experience, totaling a combined 435 career games played at the DI level.

BAYLOR CLASS OF 2019-20 SIGNEES

Adam Flagler

Guard, 6-3, 170, Duluth, Ga. (Duluth HS/Presbyterian)

Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua

Forward, 6-8, 230, Douala, Cameroon (NBA Global Academy – Australia/UNLV)

Jordan Turner

Guard/Forward, 6-7, 180, Houston, Texas (Sunrise Christian Academy)