Steve Tchiengang, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound sophomore forward from Cyprus Christian Community School, is emerging out of the Houston, Texas as one of the top prospects in the talent heavy area.
The native of Cameroon Cyprus Christian head coach Mark McClanahan
"He is playing really well and he is getting a lot better," McClanahan said. "He's gained 30 pounds since he has been in the United States and it's all muscle. He's in the weight room working hard on his legs and that has really helped him get off the floor."
With his imposing size and quicker springs, McClanahan said Tchiengang (pronounced: CHE-IN-GA) doesn't spend all of his time on the blocks.
"He faces up more and we play him at the three and four spots," McClanahan said. "He's pretty mobile and versatile enough to defend at both spots."
McClanahan said Kansas, Clemson, Florida and Baylor have all made a point to come out and see him this year. Also at CCCS is Hasheem Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center, who is attracting the attention of high-majors. The schools that have been in to see Thabeet have also expressed an interest in Tchiengang, too.
"He's very, very good," McClanahan said. "He has a huge upside. And he's only a sophomore. He's going to be really good."
McClanahan said he isn't sure what AAU team Tchiengang will play on this spring and summer but the sophomore will play on the circuit.