With Kareem Jamar out of eligibility and Keron DeShields deciding to transfer, Montana entered the offseason in need of bodies on the perimeter. Sunday afternoon the school made official the addition of 6-foot-3 guard Daniel Nwosu, who played his freshman season at Casper College in Wyoming. Since he played just one season of basketball at Casper, Nwosu will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
This past season Nwosu, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He put together solid shooting percentages, making 45.2% of his shots from the field, 43.7% of his three-pointers and 84.0% of his free throws. Nwosu scored at least 20 points in six games, including a 24-point outing in a loss to Western Nebraska CC in late-January.
“Daniel is a very physical guard who plays extremely hard on the defensive end and can shoot it,” Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle said in the release. “We feel like his intensity on the defensive end and his ability to make shots is really going to help us. Plus he’s a great character guy, and we need that moving forward.”
Montana shot the ball well last season, ranking second in the Big Sky in field goal percentage and third in three-point percentage. Bu that occurred with Jamar, a three-time All-Big Sky selection, leading the way. Now that he’s gone others will be asked to step up, most notably rising senior guard Jordan Gregory (13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
Nwosu will be asked to contribute as well, and he becomes the program’s fourth newcomer with guard Jermaine Edmonds Jr., power forward Fabijan Krslovic and center Bryden Boehning being the others. Montana will also have forward Martin Bruenig, who is eligible after sitting out the 2013-14 season following his transfer in from Washington.