Texas A&M added some much-needed frontcourt depth on Saturday as a source confirmed to NBCSports.com that Tennessee State graduate transfer big man Christian Mekowulu pledged to the Aggies.
The 6-foot-9 Mekowulu had a breakout junior season for the Tigers as he averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. With Texas A&M losing frontcourt players like Tyler Davis and Robert Williams to the pro ranks, adding an experienced rebounder and rim protector like Mekowulu is a great insurance policy.
It’ll be fascinating to see how Mekowulu translates to the SEC as Tennessee State didn’t play a lot of high-major programs last season. Putting up a double-double against Texas (15 points, 11 rebounds), Mekowulu didn’t have nearly as much success facing Kansas (five points, seven rebounds) or Purdue (10 points, four rebounds).
If Mekowulu can be consistent on the glass and defending the rim while providing a little bit of scoring, then he’s certainly worth taking for the Aggies.