BUFFALO, NY - University at Buffalo head men's basketball coach Jim Whitesell has announced the addition of Texas Tech transfer Josh Mballa.
Mballa will have three years of eligibility remaining after playing for the national runner ups this past season where he saw action in 17 games, recording a career high in points against the Kansas Jayhawks.
Mballa is a 6-8 forward from Bordeaux, France. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and returned to the United States three years ago. He prepped at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut under Tom Espinosa where his team went 38-4, while winning the programs' first national title in 2018.
Mballa is a strong rebounder and defender who is long, athletic and plays with a high motor who also has extensive international experience with the French National Team. He played in the FIBA U17 World Championships in 2016 and the FIBA U18 European Championships in 2017. Mballa posted 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2017 event.
"Josh is an extremely active forward who played for an outstanding program in Texas Tech this past year," said Whitesell. "He has won at every level he has played at and his best basketball is still ahead of him. He has international experience playing for the French national team and he can really run the floor. We like Josh's versatility and we are extremely impressed with his attitude and work ethic."
Mballa is the fourth player to sign with the Bulls joining David Nickelberry, David Skogman, and Savion Gallion.