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Junior Lomomba Transferring to Providence

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As first reported by Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook, Junior Lomomba is set to transfer from Cleveland State to Providence. Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal has the paperwork being finalized now for the rising sophomore who came to Cleveland State with much fanfare, but had his season interrupted with a broken foot that caused him to miss the first two months of the season. Reports are that Lomomba came back too soon from the injury and was never truly back to form for a team that finished 14-18 overall and 5-11 in the Horizon League. He averaged a shade under 6 points per game as a freshman.

Lomomba is the latest example of Ed Cooley dipping into the transfer pool. Since being hired in the spring of 2011, Cooley has welcomed four transfers – Tyler Harris, Carson Desrosiers, Sidiki Johnson and now Lomomba – and three of the four have had three years of eligibility left (only Desrosiers played more than one year of college ball prior to transferring in).

Lomomba, a two-time state champion in Wisconsin, reportedly chose Cleveland State over Cincinnati, New Mexico State, UCLA and Washington State, but as is often the case with final lists, it’s unclear who was most heavily in pursuit. One report had him never making a trip to UCLA, while Cincinnati hoops blogs make it appear as though he may not have been a primary target for the Bearcats toward the end.

Regardless of who may or may not have most heavily pushed for him, Lomomba was roundly regarded as a solid three star prospect in every publication. The 6’4 small forward was ranked 38th at his position per ESPN and notably gave Ricky Ledo fits when they two went head to head on the AAU circuit.

Lomomba, a Montreal native, was selected to both the Canadian National 17u and 19u teams, playing alongside the likes of Sim Bhullar, Kevin Pangos and Olivier Hanlan. Lomomba led the team in scoring in their loss to Serbia in 2011 that eliminated them from championship contention.

He’s known as a physical player and strong on-ball defender. Lomomba should be eligible to play in the 2014-15 season.

 

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