Men's Basketball

Surge add length with latest acquisitions of 6'6 guard Nick Barnes & 6'10 center Yusef Muhammad-Ahmarudeen

Cincinnati State coach Andre Tate continues to revamp his roster for the upcoming basketball season with the recent additions of center Yusef Muhammad-Ahmarudeen and transfer guard Nick Barnes.

Muhammad-Ahmarudeen comes to Cincinnati State after winning back-to-back Utah Class 2A State titles while playing for Coach Geno Morgan at Wasatch Academy. The 6’10 center from Nigeria averaged 8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2 blocks last season while leading the Raptors to a 26-1 record and a flawless 10-0 mark in their region.

“With his length, Yusef is a player who can come in and make an immediate impact,” Tate says. “He has the ability to alter shots and stretch the floor.”

Nick Barnes, a 6’6 guard from Lanett, AL, spent last season playing at Snead State Community College (AL). He averaged 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 42.4% from beyond the arc. Barnes is projected to compete for a starting spot with incoming freshmen Davion Ashe and Quinton Chames.

“Nick has the ability to score. His length is what sets him apart from other guards at this level,” Tate explained. “We haven’t had this type of size in a while. We will have five or six guys who can finish around the basket and play above the rim.”

Muhammad and Barnes join a Cincinnati State team coming off of a 29-5 season, a conference title, a district championship and a 6th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.

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