VERMILLION — South Dakota head males’s basketball coach Eric Peterson formally launched Mihai Carcoana (MEE-hi CAR-cohn-uh) as the latest member of the Coyotes on Monday. Carcoana is a 6-11 middle from Ludus, Romania, and is transferring to USD after spending his freshman season on the University of Toledo.
“I’ve known Mihai for almost four years now, and I have seen him play live in his home country of Romania at the FIBA U18 tournament,” stated Peterson. “I love everything that he is about.”
Prior to his collegiate profession, Carcoana competed within the 2019 FIBA U18 Division B event and led his dwelling nation to a twenty first place end after wins over Kosovo and Slovakia. Carcoana led the group with 10.9 factors per recreation whereas additionally averaging 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per recreation.
In his freshman yr at Toledo, Carcoana performed in all 32 video games for the Rockets. He scored a season-high 11 factors towards Northern Illinois and made 25-of-56 photographs on the yr. Carcoana additionally hauled in 64 rebounds together with a season-high of seven towards Northwestern Ohio. The Elevation Prep graduate contributed 4 assists and 7 rebounds on the season as effectively.
“Mihai is extremely physical, but also a very skilled post player,” added Peterson. “He moves really well for his size and will help us tremendously on the defensive end. We are so excited for him to join our program here at South Dakota.”
Carcoana will enter as a sophomore at USD and plans to get his diploma in advertising and marketing.