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Head coach Brian Jones announced the addition of French big man Marko Coudreau to his roster on Tuesday.
Fighting Hawks add big man from France
Release: 05/15/2018
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Grand Forks, N.D. -- University of North Dakota head men's basketball coach Brian Jones went across the Atlantic Ocean to net his latest addition to the Fighting Hawks roster.

On Tuesday, the 13th-year coach announced that French National Team member Marko Coudreau will join the program this fall and has signed a National Letter of Intent. Coudreau is believed to be the first French citizen to play for the Fighting Hawks.

Coudreau's 6-foot-9 frame will add depth down low for UND, who is transitioning to the Summit League for the 2018-19 campaign.

"We are excited to announce the addition of Marko," Jones said. "He is a young man who will bring winning qualities to our locker room and between the lines.

"He has competed at such a high level in France over the past few years that he comes to us battle-tested. His versatility and drive to become a very good player is another thing that really excites me about Marko. He has a bright future and those winning attributes will impact our program right away."

Originally from Marseille, France, Coudreau has appeared in 25 international games for his country, including playing for French's Under 16 National squad in the 2016 European Championship. He is in line to play for the U18 team at the event this Summer.

He played for CFBB Paris from 2015-18 and trained at the National Institute of Sport (INSEP), which is located just outside of Paris. INSEP has produced a handful of notable NBA players, including Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

In his latest action with the U18 Team at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament, Coudreau averaged 9.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.0 apg. The power forward will have four seasons of eligibility upon his arrival to campus this fall.

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