OU Basketball Lands Wyoming Transfer Amath M’Baye

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:21 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 21, 2011 3:42 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

NORMAN, Okla.—The University of Oklahoma men’s basketball team is adding a new player to the roster in former Wyoming forward Amath M’Baye who is transferring to OU.

M’Baye, pronounced ah-MOTT M-by, signed a financial aid agreement with OU this week and will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting the 2012-13 season.

"Amath's a terrific talent with the versatility to play both inside and outside," said OU head coach Lon Kruger. "He's a high-level athlete who's long and rangy and can score in a lot of different ways. We played against Amath at UNLV and got to see how good of a player he is on both ends of the floor. We're very excited to have him as a member of the OU family."

The six-foot-nine-inch forward from Bordeaux France started all 31 games last year at Wyoming. He averaged 12 points, and nearly six rebounds per game.

From the floor he managed 47 percent shooting and 67 percent from the free throw stripe. He also recorded 29 blocked shots and 22 steals and scored in double figures 22 times last season.

His freshman year, M’Baye played in 21 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game. He averaged 7.5 points over the Cowboys' final 10 games that year.

M’Baye was born in Senegal and attended Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif., during the 2008-09 school year. During the summer of 2009, he played on the U20 French national team that earned the silver medal at the U20 European Championships.

While at Wyoming M'Baye was an international studies major.