Monday, October 7, 2013

Ngalakulondi Transfers to Proctor

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi is a player on the rise. The 6-foot-5 wing player has been rapidly improving his game, and is coming off a big season on the AAU circuit with the DC Blue Devils. Now Ngalakulondi (Manchester, NH) begins a new chapter - at Proctor Academy. He transferred from Manchester Memorial to Proctor, where he will repeat his freshman year and reclassify to the Class of 2017.

"Tshiefu has come a long way" said Ngalakulondi's AAU coach TJ Thompson. "I've taken him under my wing. He has really matured and grown up a lot. He has developed a passion for the game of basketball."

Proctor is a prep school located in Andover, NH and competes in the NEPSAC - the most competitive prep school basketball league in the country.

"Tshiefu will be a major contributor there all four years, he'll be a force to be reckoned with" said Thompson, a former standout at George Washington University who now plays professionally overseas. "He plays inside or outside, he shoots the lights out and he's one of the more athletic kids I've seen in awhile. He also has unbelievable timing with his shot blocking."

Ngalakulondi is currently playing on the Proctor Academy football team.

"Football will be good for him" Coach Thompson pointed out. "It will help with his aggressiveness and being able to take contact on the court. He's having the time of his life at Proctor, it's the best thing for him. He also has a 3.3 GP so far."

Ngalakulondi, whose older brother Kabongo is a junior at Manchester Memorial, has tremendous upside as a player. Tschiefu is still just scratching the surface of how good he can be.

"He was always a center growing up, but he's going to be 6'5" or 6'6" so he won't be a center in college" explained Thompson. "He's going to be a small forward, so he's working on his ball handling a lot now."

Ngalakulondi played for Thompson on a DC Blue Devils 9th grade team which went to 10th grade AAU Nationals, and made the final 16 at AAU Super Regionals. Other locals on the team included Caleb Green (Londonderry, NH), KJ Matte and Austin Whaley (both from Lebanon, NH), Luke Rosinski, Brennan Morris (both from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH), Trevon Maughan (Manchester, NH), Jonathin Makori (Manchester, NH) and Sam Kiley (Wolfeboro, NH).

"They're in the gym everyday and soak everything up like sponges" Thompson concluded. "Nike presented (NBA player) Demarcus Cousins and myself with a program which gives these kids an opportunity to play basketball in college. They all play for free."

Ngalakulondi is without question a player to watch this season and over the next four years at Proctor. He could just be the next truly elite prospect to come out of NH.

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