14  Simplice Njoya
Simplice Njoya

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Yaoundé, Cameroon

High School:
The Masters (N.Y.) School

Last College:
Duquesne

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 245

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
08/14/1981

Experience:
1L


Overview:Will battle for playing time in the frontcourt ... Adds size and depth to the frontline ... Has good offensive skills, but coaches want him to focus on his defense and rebounding ... Graduated in August with a degree in International Business ... Taking classes toward a second major in Economics.

Career: Saw his first season of action in a Memphis uniform in 2004-05 ... Averaging 4.9 points and 3.4 boards (two years at Duquesne, one year at Memphis) ... Averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in his first season as a Tiger ... Had to sit out the 2003-04 season as a result of NCAA transfer rules ... Transferred to Memphis from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Played two seasons at Duquesne ... As a sophomore, averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds ... Saw action in 30 games and made 26 starts ... Was limited to only nine games as a freshman due to an NCAA suspension.

2004-05 Season: Played in 31 games and started one ... Averaged 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds ... Received his first collegiate start at Memphis vs. UAB ... Shot 66.7 percent from the field ... Had 12 blocked shots ... Postseason (NIT/C-USA Tournament): Played in three of the Tigers' four NIT games ... Saw action vs. Northeastern, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt ... Did not play in the Conference USA Tournament ... Conference USA games: Played in all 16 league contests ... Averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in conference play ... Shot 71.4 percent from the floor (5-of-7) and 78.6 percent from the foul line (11-of-14) in league games ... Grabbed three rebounds vs. Cincinnati and Saint Louis ... Had two points and one board vs. UAB, East Carolina and Southern Miss (2nd game) ... Earned his first start at Memphis vs. the Blazers ... Recorded season highs for points (9), rebounds (5), free throws made (9), free throw attempts (10) and minutes (21) vs. USF ... Came up big vs. USF, hitting 9-of-10 free throws in the final 6:47 of the game ... Also played solid defense vs. USF's Terrence Leather, an All-C-USA performer ... Scored four points vs. Southern Miss (1st game) ... Hit two free throws vs. the Golden Eagles ... Non-conference games: Saw action in 12 of the 14 non-league contests ... Had a season-high two steals vs. Texas ... Hit first career FT at Memphis vs. Texas ... In three games prior to Jan. 6 game vs. Texas, averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks ... Had four points and two field goals vs. East Tennessee State ... Grabbed four rebounds vs. the Buccaneers ... Grabbed three rebounds vs. Providence ... Also had two blocks vs. the Friars ... Grabbed two boards and blocked three shots vs. Louisiana Tech ... The three blocks were a season high ... Recorded second block of the season vs. Ole Miss ... Recorded two points and one steal vs. Pittsburgh ... The steal vs. Pittsburgh was his first as a Tiger ... His blocked shot vs. Maryland was the first of his career at Memphis ... Saw his first action in a Memphis uniform in the CVC Regional ... Had four points and two rebounds vs. Savannah State.

2003-04 Season: Transferred to Memphis from Duquesne University prior to the 2003-04 season ... Had to sit out the 2003-04 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules ... Practiced with the squad throughout the 2003-04 season.

2001-02, 2002-03 Seasons (Duquense Univ.): Played in all 30 games, starting 26 as a sophomore in 2002-03 at Duquesne ... Averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds ... Had 23 steals and blocked 17 shots ... Shot 41.7 percent from the field and knocked down 40 percent of his three-point attempts (10-of-25) ... Also a 67.7 percent free throw shooter ... Scored in double figures 11 times during the year ... Led the squad in rebounding eight times ... Was limited to nine games his freshman season due to an NCAA suspension, but still managed to earn Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors once in the five weeks he was eligible ... Suspension was for receiving benefits while in high school ... Started and scored in double digits in three of Duquesne's first five games before being voluntarily held out during an investigation of benefits received before being recruited by the Dukes ... Began the year scoring 16 points against Maryland-Eastern Shore, 15 against Vermont and 10 at Ohio Universiity ... Returned to action in late February of his rookie year ... Posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Tournament ... Earned a spot on the 2001-02 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Also was named to Duquesne's Director of Athletics Honor Roll.

High School: Averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 18 games at The Masters School, located in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. ... Ranked as high as No. 12 among the nation's top senior center prospects by numerous recruiting publications ... Prior to The Masters School, attended the Berkshire School in Homestead, Fla., as a junior ... Averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in his first season of prep basketball ... Did not begin playing basketball until the age of 13.

Other Tidbits: Middle name Nvut is the first name of his grandmother on his father's side ... Oldest of five children ... Speaks three languages -- Bamoun, a tribal French dialect, French and English.


                                 Total         3-Point                    Rebounds
Year      GP-GS   Min/Avg    FG-FGA   Pct   FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct Off-Def  Tot  Avg  PF-FO Ast  TO Blk Stl  Pts/Avg
2001-02    9-9    276/30.7   31-74   .419    4-11   .364   17-23   .739  18-35    53  5.9  32-2   11  25  9   5    83/9.2
2002-03   30-26   839/28.0   78-187  .417   10-25   .400   65-96   .677  54-96   150  5.0 104-4   21  82 17  23   231/7.7
2004-05   31-1    232/7.5    10-15   .667    0-0    .000   12-18   .667  10-23    33  1.1  46-0    0   9 12   9    32/1.0
TOTAL     70-36  1347/19.2  119-276  .431   14-36   .389   94-137  .686  82-154  236  3.4 182-6   32 116 38  37   346/4.9
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