UAB signs well-traveled 7-footer Hamga

UAB added 7-foot junior college center Beas Hamga to its recruiting class Thursday, and according to the school, he has a standing reach of 9 feet, 6 inches. The proof is in this photo.

If Hamga's name sounds familiar, it's because he's off to his fourth college since being highly recruited out of his Illinois high school only a few years ago.

He originally signed with UNLV and only played five games there before deciding to transfer in December 2008.

He then enrolled at Valparaiso, but before becoming eligible, he decided to transfer again to a junior college in Texas for what ended up being an injury-plagued season.

Alan Huss, his former prep school coach at Decatur Christian, told me today he's confident Hamga still has plenty of good basketball left to play.

"He probably gets unfairly labeled as a malcontent," Huss said. "He’s a good kid. He does what he’s told. His only baggage is that he's bounced around."

And UAB coach Mike Davis thinks there's plenty of upside left in Hamga as well. You can't teach size, and this big man is looking to finally find a place where he can blossom.

"Beas was one of the top-five centers in the nation coming out of high school, and the sky is the limit for him," Davis said in a statement.