NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Seton Hall Pirates forward Tyrese Samuel (4) drives against Yale Bulldogs forward Yussif Basa-Ama (23) during the second half of the college basketball game between the Seton Hall Pirates and Yale Bulldogs on November 14, 2021 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After winning the Ivy League Basketball Tournament to earn automatic qualification to the US Men’s College Basketball National Tournament popularly known as March Madness, Yale University has exited the tourney.

This follows a 56-78 loss to Purdue University in the first round of the National Championship Tournament; Ghana Forward Yussif Basa-Ama played for Yale.

NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 14: Tray Jackson #2 of the Seton Hall Pirates in action against Yussif Basa-Ama #23 and Matthue Cotton #10 of the Yale Bulldogs during a game at Prudential Center on November 14, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall defeated Yale 80-44. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The second year player and native of Bolgatanga in Ghana’s Upper East Region played just two minutes off the bench late in the 16 point loss and registered a blocked shot while attempting no shot in his cameo appearance.

The onset of the corona virus pandemic wiped out Basa-Ama’s freshman year in College; in the 2021-2022 season, the 6 foot 8 inch player averaged 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.9 minutes across 22 games while attempting 36 field goal shots and converting 22.

Basa-Ama in action for St. Andrews High School

Purdue University will compete at the Round of 16 stage against St. Peter’s University on Friday, March 25; Ghana Center Emmanuel Dowuona spent three seasons at Purdue before transferring to Tennessee State University.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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