Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles announced that Moses Abraham Ayegba (pronounced EYE-eg-buh) has signed transfer papers to attend the University of Nebraska. A native of Kano, Nigeria, Ayegba will graduate from Georgetown with a degree in economics next month and will be eligible for the 2014-15 season.
“We are excited to have Moses Ayegba join our program,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “He provides us a veteran physical presence on the interior, and he can affect the game on the defensive end with his rebounding and shot blocking. When building a defense from the inside out, you are looking for a player who can protect the rim and be an anchor, and we think Moses can do that for us. We also think he has the tools to improve on the offensive end and believe he has a chance to flourish in our system next year.”
Ayegba played in 31 games at Georgetown last season, averaging 1.9 points on 56 percent shooting and 2.8 rebounds per game, as the Hoyas went 18-15 and reached the second round of the NIT. The 6-foot-9, 247-pound Ayegba was second the team with 23 blocked shots while averaging 13.1 minutes per game. His best game of the season was in an overtime loss to Marquette, when he had six points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in a career-high 30 minutes of work. He had five or more rebounds in seven games, including eight against both Butler and High Point and seven at Big East Tournament champion Providence.
During his sophomore season, he returned from a knee injury to appear in 28 games, averaging 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game to help the Hoyas win the Big East regular-season title and reach the NCAA Tournament. He came off the bench and played at least 10 minutes in 11 contests, including 10 times in Big East play. He grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in games at Notre Dame and at Syracuse and had eight boards in 18 minutes against Cincinnati.
During his first three years, including a medical redshirt year, at Georgetown, he worked with current Husker assistant coach Kenya Hunter, as the Hoyas made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Ayegba attended Progressive Christian (Md.) Academy and averaged 15 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks per game in his only season at the school. He was top-100 recruit by Rivals and was among the top-20 centers in the country by both Rivals and Scout.com in the class of 2010.
The son of Josephine Adikou, he will graduate with a degree in economics and also looked at Indiana, Boston College, Miami and Long Beach State before selecting Nebraska.
Ayegba joins a Nebraska program that went 19-13 under Miles and reached the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers return all five starters, including All-Big Ten performers Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields, and a roster that returns 82 percent of its scoring and 86 percent of its rebounding from a year ago.