CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball coach Porter Moser announced today that Aher Uguak (Edmonton, Canada/Harry Ainlay/New Mexico) has joined the team as a transfer from the University of New Mexico. Uguak, a 6-foot-7 forward, will have to sit out the 2017-18 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“Aher is ultra-athletic, long and skilled, and will be an inside-outside mismatch like Donte Ingram,” Moser said. “He possesses a 6-foot, 11-inch wingspan and I love his versatility both offensively and defensively. As a high school player in Canada, Aher won a pair of provincial championships and comes from a winning culture. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Loyola Basketball family.”
Uguak, who is the cousin of former Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng, will be trying out for the U-19 Canadian National Team this summer. In limited action at New Mexico in 2016-17, Uguak averaged 1.2 points and 0.7 rebounds per game in 19 appearances.
As a junior at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton, Uguak put up eye-popping numbers, averaging 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game, while shooting a staggering 72 percent from the field. Coming out of high school, he was rated as one of the best players in Western Canada and was the top prospect in Alberta.
Loyola won 18 games in 2016-17 and returns three starters, including Third Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection Donte Ingram as well as MVC Sixth Man of the Year Aundre Jackson. Moser welcomes in a highly regarded recruiting class, which features Adarius Avery, Cameron Krutwig, Christian Negron, Carson Shanks and Lucas Williamson.