* University of Wyoming press release contributed to this report

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming head men's basketball coach Sundance Wicks announced Wednesday the addition of Aboubacar "Abou" Magassa to the 2024-25 roster.

He comes to Wyoming from Saint Louis after redshirting last season.

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Magassa becomes the fifth transfer signing since Wicks took the reins of the program back on May 12, joining guards Obi Agbim (Fort Lewis) and Jordan Nesbitt (Hampton), along with center Scottie Ebube (Southern Illinois) and forward Cole Henry (Northern Iowa).

Agbim was an original recruit of Jeff Linder, who decided to reenter the NCAA Transfer Portal after Wyoming's former head coach took a top assistant job at Texas Tech. Henry and Ebube were originally committed to Wisconsin-Green Bay before Wicks came to Laramie.

A native of Morsang-sur-Orge, France, Magassa, the 6-7, 215-pound forward will have four years of eligibility remaining.

He played for Chorale Roanne Basket in Roanne, France prior to his time with Saint Louis. He averaged 11 points, five rebounds per game. He also added 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game. He shot over 70 percent on two-point baskets and 36 percent from behind the arc in the Espoirs U21 league.

Wicks on Magassa
"I really love Abou's competitive resume. He has competed at a high level in Europe and comes to us having a year of division one basketball already under his belt. He is an athletic, hard-nosed player who will bring a relentless competitive energy to the Arena-Auditorium every night. Abou will be an immediate asset for us on the defensive end. He has special timing and a crazy motor that allows him to impact winning by making those plays that don't always show up In the box score. He is an everyday dude about the work, and I am jacked up that he chose Cowboy Country to do his work. Let's give Abou a big old Wyoming welcome to the Wild West!"

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