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Texas Southern Men's Basketball adds 6'10" transfer Jethro Tshisumpa

POSTED: August 16, 2019 -- 10:45 a.m. CT

Thursday, Texas Southern University Men's Basketball Head Coach Johnny Jones announced 6'10 big man Jethro Tshisumpa (Ta-shum-pa) has transferred to TSU from Mississippi State.

"We are extremely excited to add a player like Jethro to our program," said TSU head coach Johnny Jones. "He will make an immediate impact to our team and have a dominant presence on both sides of the ball in the paint. He has an unbelievable feel defensively and will be an anchor in our defense. Texas Southern fans and alumni will love watching Jethro in a Tiger uniform."

Tshisumpa confirmed his transfer to Texas Southern on Instagram:

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To @hailstatembk .As my journey continue I would like to take a pause and thank you for all the good things you have done for me. I'm not sure if could ever be able to repay u for, not even in the next life time you'll forever be my Family ????. To TSU let's see what God got planned for us. #Gotiger

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Tshisumpa, 6'10", 260, was a four-star prospect out of high school and ranked No. 87 in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2016.

He signed with Arizona State and posted modest numbers during his one year at ASU: 1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg -- 7.4 minutes per game; 26 games played; 5 starts.

Tshisumpa transferred to San Jacinto Junior College and averaged 8.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg. He blocked 116 shots for San Jac in the 2017-'18 season.

After San Jac, Tshisumpa signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Mississippi State in April 2018. He did not play for Mississippi State during the 2018-'19 season.

Tshisumpa will have 2 seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining at Texas Southern.

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