MARTIN, Tenn. – Ryan Ridderthe University of Tennessee at Martin’s head coach of the men’s boxing program, has announced the signing of Rifen Miguel for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
Miguel is a 6-8, 240-pound lead player who played last season in Troy with fellow Skyhawk signee Desmond Williams. Luanda, Angola will be the fifth to join UT Martin’s roster in 2022-23.
“Rifen is the last piece of the puzzle for this season,” Ridder said. “He was a very talented man who brought us two years of Division I experience.
Last year, Miguel helped the Trojans to a 20-12 victory and a postseason trip to the College Basketball Invitational. He saw time to play in 29 games and cut the starting line three times for head coach Scott Cross, second in the team with a .532 per cent box (41-of-). 77). He had 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game.
Miguel’s best game of the 2021-22 season came on Dec. 18 against Arkansas Baptist as he topped the season highs in points (17) and rebounds (10). While dropping eight of his 11 shots in 22 minutes of playing time. He netted nine rebounds and stole the best four steals in 16 minutes against Rust on Dec. 1.
Miguel spent the 2020-21 season at Ohio University, playing under head coach Jeff Boals. He was part of the Bobcat team that went 17-8, captured the Mid-American Conference tournament and climbed to second in the NCAA tournament after upsetting the Virginia national team. He marked Ohio’s first NCAA tournament in nine years.
Playing 12 games under the Bobcat uniform, Miguel averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while recording 7.7 minutes per game. He was one of the team’s best free-throw shooters, converting 73.3 percent (11-for-15) of his attempts from the love zone. He scored the best 10 points of the season – thanks in large part to a 7 -of -8 performance from the free agent line -up – in nine minutes against Cleveland State on December 6, 2020.
Miguel received the team’s second All-Panhandle Conference accolades in 2019-20 at Tallahassee Community College, where he helped the Eagles go 27-6, winning their first outdoor tournament from 2001 to to the NJCAA Tournament before the event ended.
At TCC, Miguel averaged 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game, seeing time in 21 games before suffering a serious injury in mid -February. . He hit two points 10 times, including a 15-point effort in his first start with Florida State College in Nov. College on November 25th. He pulled down at least six rebounds on eight different occasions, with season highs of nine rebounds against Enterprise State (Nov. 8) and Trinity Valley (Nov. 26). He also showed a gene clutch, tied the knot in the game and went on to free throws in the final seconds of victory at Pensacola State in Feb.
Miguel played his new tour at the University of Central Florida. He made 29 games in 2018-19, amassing 5.9 points and 3.2 rebounds each while shooting 54.9 percent (78-of-142) from the floor. He helped lead the Patriots to a 19-13 record.
Miguel broke two points on the standings three different times as a college rookie, throwing the best 12 points in a 6-of-9 shootout at Eastern Florida State in Feb. 9. State of Pensacola on Dec. 9.
Preparing at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., Miguel is a strong supporter of coach Kenny Gillion. He had some big performances for the Flames, making a 27-point, 16-rebound effort in the win against defending Florida 6A state champion Leesburg in his senior year.
Miguel topped the world record when he represented his home country of Angola at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2017. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game each. event against one of the top competitions in the world.
Miguel came from a background in sports while his younger brother Selton was playing basketball in South Florida, after two seasons at Kansas State. His mother, Suzana, was a member of the Angolan National Army.
Instead of Miguel, UT Martin’s 2022-23 list includes Jalen Myers (Madison, Ala./Hinds CC), Williams (Montgomery, Ala./Troy), Jordan Sears (Daytona Beach, Fla./Gardner-Webb) and and Parker Stewart (Union City, Tenn./Indiana).