University of North Dakota men’s basketball Head Coach Paul Sather has announced the addition of two players. Forward Victor Ndoukou and guard Jalun Trent have each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for the Fighting Hawks in the 2022-23 season.
Ndoukou is a 6-foot-8 forward who has been successful in his basketball career. In 2018-19 he helped the Manchester Magic U16 club reach the league's Final Four. In his first year at Charnwood College, Ndoukou shot 33.3 percent from three-point range.
The Wigan, England native, was named to the all-conference second-team as a junior and the first-team in his senior season. Ndoukou was also named the 2021-22 Elite Academy Basketball League Most Valuable Player.
Head Coach Paul Sather had high praise for Ndoukou saying, "Victor is a highly skilled forward that can really shoot the basketball. He has a college-ready body and has played at the highest level of basketball in the U.K. His Charnwood team took home the EABL Championship and he was voted MVP of the tournament, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the final game."
Trent is a 6-foot-4 point guard who can do it all. While at Cochise College he averaged 9.4 points, 8.0 assists, and 7.2 rebounds per game. Trent efficiently filled the stat sheet each night, shooting 78.3 percent at the free throw line and 61.0 percent overall from the field.
The Baltimore, Maryland native, helped guide Cochise College to a ACCAC Championship in Region 1 in both 2020-21 and 2021-22. Trent was named to the 2020 Second-Team All-ACCAC & Second Team NJCAA All-Region 1. He had an even more impressive 2021 season being named to the First-Team All-ACCAC & First Team NJCAA All-Region 1. Trent also earned the 2021-22 ACCAC & NJCAA Region 1 Defensive Player of the Year.
Sather is ready for Trent to bring his all-around talent to Grand Forks, saying, "Jalun is a stat-filling high-energy point guard that plays with great pace and can guard multiple positions. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in his region while leading the country in assists at the NJCAA Division I level. He also averaged 9.4 points per game and hauled in 7.2 rebounds per game. During Jalun's time at Cochise College, their team went 66-12."
Both Ndoukou and Trent will be on campus this fall for the 2022-23 season.