Joel Mensah

James Madison University Men’s Basketball Team Coach Mark Byington has praised the level of experience Ghanaian top prospect Joel Mensah and fellow new recruits bring to the team.

6 foot 10 inch Center Mensah transferred from San Diego State University to James Madison this offseason; Guards Jalen Hodge and Vado Morse transferred from Louisiana Monroe and Mount St. Mary’s University respectively.


A lack of game time across two seasons was a major reason behind Mensah’s move to James Madison and circumstances brought on by the corona virus means experience in America’s College system will come in handy.

“Not only are they talented players, but they are experienced players. With COVID-19, we have had limited access to our student-athletes, which puts a premium on having guys who know how to navigate a unique season” Byington said.

SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 13: San Diego State University Aztecs forward Joel Mensah (35) during the game between the Grand Canyon Antelopes and the San Diego State University Aztecs on November 13, 2019 at the Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

All three players will compete in the 2020-2021 season after the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) passed a legislative relief waiver for the trio.

Mensah figures to play a key role for Byington’s team.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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