Michigan basketball is gearing up for the 2023-24 season, and Juwan Howard’s squad added a late piece to the roster on Wednesday.

The player is Olivier Nkamhoua, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Tennessee. Nkamhoua spent the first 4 seasons of his career with the Vols and joins Michigan as a graduate transfer.

“It’s a thrill to be able to bring in an efficient and skilled player like Olivier,” said Howard via the team’s press release. “He brings so many intangibles and experiences we know he will have an immediate impact for us. His strength, rebounding, hustle, back-to-the-basket game, as well as outside shooting, are just a few of his skillset that fans notice right away. However, what people don’t realize is what a tremendous passer he is. He sees the floor and plays develop as good as anyone I have seen. We are very excited for him to get to Ann Arbor.”

Over the past 2 seasons, Nkamhoua started 58 games for Tennessee and has 112 career appearances for the Vols. A season ago, he averaged 10.8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting over 50% from the floor and 33% from 3-point range.

“Choosing Michigan is another step in my development, both now and for the future,” said Nkamhoua. “I know the staff, my new teammates and everyone in Ann Arbor are going to challenge me to keep getting better. I can’t wait for that. I also want to be a part of the U-M culture Coach Howard has created — family and that never-back-down attitude. I look forward to being a part of a team full of guys that are hungry to prove themselves and everyone wrong.”

Michigan basketball’s transfer additions

Nkamhoua joins the Wolverines as the 3rd transfer piece in the 2023 recruiting cycle. He joins power forward Tray Jackson (Seton Hall) and combo guard Nimari Burnett (Alabama).

With Michigan adding just one high school player in the 2023 recruiting class in George Washington III, Howard and his staff have hit the transfer portal to replenish the roster for next season.