Images from the Vanderbilt-Kentucky Gameday at Memorial 2/11/12.
General: 6'9 forward who is a physical presence around the basket who can step out and hit a perimeter jumpshot to keep defenses honest...Also saw time as a sophomore, junior, and senior at the center position.
2011-12 (Senior): Played in 35 games and started 13...averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game...Started at the five spot for the injured Festus Ezeli for the first six weeks of the season...Made season-high two threes at Tennessee (3/3)...Scored season-high 10 points against South Carolina (1/10) and Arkansas (1/31)...Did not play vs. Monmouth because of concussion symptoms...Broke his previous career high of 9 rebounds with 10 against Cleveland St. (11/13/11), then had 11 rebounds vs. N.C. State (11/19/11)...Played a career-high 34 minutes vs. N.C. State (11/19/11)
2010-11 (Junior): Played in all 34 games and averaged 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game...Scored in double-digits seven times in 2010-11, including a career-high 15 points against Southeastern Louisiana (12/18)...Tallied 10 points against Tennessee (2/22)...Scored 12 points and added 3 assists vs. Kentucky (2/12)...Shot 41.5% from three on the season (22-53)...Scored 10 points at South Carolina (1/8)...Had career-high nine rebounds against Marquette (12/29)...Scored 12 pts vs. Grambling (11/24).
2009-10 (Sophomore): Played in all 33 games and started in one...Averaged 11.6 minutes per game...Averaged 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game...Scored a season-high nine points in SEC Quarterfinal win over Georgia (3/12)...Lone start of the season came against LSU - scored six points and had four rebounds against the Tigers...Had a season-high eight rebounds against Kentucky at Memorial Gym (2/20)...Made career-high three field goals on four occasions...Tied a career-high with two steals against Tennessee State (12/19)...Made a season-high four free throws against South Carolina (3/6).
2008-09 (Freshman): Averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 25 games...Averaged 17.3 minutes per game...Made 16 starts, including the team's last nine...Posted a season-high nine points on two different occasions - scored nine points at UMass (1/3) and tallied nine points against Tennessee (1/20)...Had season-high three assists against Georgia at Memorial Gym (1/14)...Grabbed career-high seven rebounds in win over Ole Miss (2/7)...Was 9-for-9 from the free throw line in road games at Florida (2/21, 4-4) and at Georgia (2/25, 5-5)...The five made free throws against Georgia was a new career high...Made a career-high three field goals on three separate occasions...Converted on a career-high two three-pointers at UMass and against Tennessee at Memorial Gym (1/20).
Montverde Academy (Fla.): Attended Montverde Academy in Florida for his senior season, where he averaged 14 points and nine rebounds.
Cypress Christian School (Texas): Played three years (freshman-junior) at Cypress Christian School in Houston... His Warrior teams won three consecutive TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) 4A State Championships... Was a first-team all-state member and an all-tournament team selection all three years at Cypress Christian... Named Defensive Player of the Year in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and second-team All-Area in those years.
Personal: Steve Leandre Noubissie Tchiengang... Born Dec. 29, 1988 in Douala, Cameroon... Birth parents are Noubissie Emmanuel and Noubissie Veronique in Cameroon; American parents are David and Kathy Ambrose... Has three brothers, Daniel Ambrose (21), Kyle Ambrose (18), and Michael Ambrose (16), and one sister, Amy Ambrose (20)... Majoring in Economics ... Nickname is "The Proof"... Chose Vanderbilt over Baylor, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Oklahoma... Advice to youngsters: "Always hold on to your dreams, work hard at it, and never give up no matter what."