Texas A&M receives more good news as freshman big man is cleared

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Texas A&M has received plenty of good news over the last few days. For one, the Aggies announced late this week that Houston transfer Danuel House would be eligible to play beginning on Sunday.

Now, according to a release from the school, head coach Billy Kennedy will also add some interior depth as freshman big man Tonny Trocha-Morelos has been cleared to play. Trocha-Morelos will be able to join House on Sunday on the floor for the Aggies. The news of Trocha-Morelos being cleared to play was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

The 6-foot-10 freshman has been a known commodity in American basketball circles since a breakout performance in 2012 at events like the U18 FIBA Americas and adidas Nations. The native of Colombia signed with the Aggies in the fall of 2012, but eligibility issues have kept him on the sidelines as many wondered when he would make his collegiate debut.

If  Trocha-Morelos can give Texas A&M any sort of production, it would be a big boost for a team that is struggling to score points early in the 2014-15 season. Kourtney Roberson, Antwan Space and Trocha-Morelos should also give the Aggies more depth during SEC play when they have to face deep teams like Kentucky.

It remains to be seen how Trocha-Morelos has looked after his breakout 2012, but he’s shown flashes of tremendous talent in the past and could be a nice addition.

Will Tonny Trocha-Morelos finally suit up for Texas A&M?

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If you follow college basketball or college basketball recruiting you might have heard the name Tonny Trocha-Morelos.

A native of Colombia, the 6-foot-10 Trocha-Morelos averaged 16 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Colombian U18 Team at the FIBA Americas competition in Brazil in 2012. Soon after, programs from across the country came calling and Trocha-Morelos ended up committing to Texas A&M.

But after signing a letter of intent to play with the Aggies on November 29th, 2012, Trocha-Morelos has never seen the floor for Texas A&M as he’s awaited the chance to finally be admitted to the SEC program.

Brent Zwerneman of My San Antonio has more on Trocha-Morelos’ fight to get cleared to play:

Trocha-Morelos, who attended St. Thomas Episcopal in Houston, originally inked with the Aggies in November 2012, but sat out this past year while fighting through apparent red-tape issues in terms of earning final entrance into A&M (his primary language is Spanish).

Now, it appears Trocha-Morelos has finally been cleared to play for Texas A&M as the Aggies and head coach Billy Kennedy re-announced that the Colombian forward was joining the program in a school release on Friday.

“I am excited to officially get Tonny into our program and have him start working out with the guys this summer,” Kennedy said in the release. “He will have an immediate impact to our program. He is a skilled big man who affects the game on both ends of the floor.”

If Trocha-Morelos is (finally) joining the Aggies, he gives them a player that can rebound from day one while also providing athleticism on the interior for Texas A&M.

Billy Kennedy has brought in a guard-heavy class with point guards Alex Robinson and Avery Johnson Jr. — both Texas natives — and Illinois native and shooting guard Peyton Allen, so to add Trocha-Morelos at this point is a big deal for Texas A&M.

It’s been a long road to this point for Trocha-Morelos, but hopefully college basketball fans will see the promising Colombian big man play during the 2014-15 season.