In a release, Dayton coach Anthony Grant said he is excited to add Tshimanga to the program and praised his combination of size, experience and skill.
“His abilities as a post player, a rim protector and a rebounder at both ends of the floor will fit into our style of play very well,” Grant said.
Tshimanga will bring 62 games of college basketball experience to the Flyers and a big presence in practice over the next year.
“He will greatly benefit from a year of learning our system while continuing to improve his body and skill set during his redshirt season,” Grant added. "Having someone of his size and abilities to go against in practice every day will be an asset to our team this season. He is a good student, and a great fit to our team culture.”
Tshimanga became a four-star recruit in three seasons at The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass. His 14 offers out of high school included Arizona, LSU, Minnesota, Oregon, Purdue and UNLV according to the UD release.
He was born in Canada, but his family is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tshimanga’s brother, Link Kabadyunki, played college basketball at TCU and UT-Arlington while sisters Yasmine Bidkuindila (LSU) and Florence Tshimanga (Grand Canyon) are also college basketball players.
Younger brothers Emmanuel and Nathan Tshimanga are high school basketball players in Arizona.
Grant’s 2018-19 roster includes three players who will be sitting out as transfers. Guards Rodney Chatman (formerly of Chattanooga) and Ibi Watson (Michigan) join Tshimanga.
The group of eligible players includes four starters from a 14-17 campaign last season: Senior forward Josh Cunningham along with guards Trey Landers, Jordan Davis and Jalen Crutcher.
The Flyers also add four-star freshman guard Dwayne Cohill of Cleveland and anticipate the return of St. Henry native Ryan Mikesell, a forward who sat out last season after having surgery on both hips.