Nephawe started in the first nine games of the season before he was sidelined with a season-ending hand injury. He averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and shot 51.1 percent for the field (23-of-45) during the 2012-13 season. Nephawe recorded a pair of double-double games and now has three career double-doubles for the Aggies. At Niagara (Nov. 18), he posted his first double-double of the year with 14 points, a season-high mark, and 10 rebounds. Nephawe also tallied his best shooting performance of the season against the Purple Eagles with a 6-of-7 showing. Two games later, he notched his second double-double of the year with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Louisiana (Nov. 23).
As a sophomore, Nephawe played in all 36 games and averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 51.2 percent from the field (62-of-121) and 74.6 percent at the free-throw line (85-of-114). Nephawe increased his free-throw percentage in WAC play to 82.1 percent (32-of-39), which ranked second in the league. Defensively, Nephawe blocked 32 shots, a mark that ranked second on the team and eighth in the conference. Offensively, Nephawe recorded six double-digit scoring games in 2011-12. In the WAC Tournament semifinal game against Hawai’i (March 9), he posted a career-high 15 points and three assists on a season-high 6-of-8 performance from the field in 26 minutes of action. Nephawe had a strong performance in the NCAA Tournament versus Indiana (March 15) with nine points, four rebounds and three blocked shots. He was 3-of-3 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free-throw line against the Hoosiers. Nephawe recorded his first double-digit game of the season with 12 points in the home opener versus UTEP (Nov. 19). He grabbed a season-high nine rebounds twice against Arizona (Nov. 29) and Drake (Feb. 18). Nephawe’s second double-digit game of the year with 12 points resulted from an 8-of-10 performance at the free-throw line versus Western New Mexico (Dec. 14). In the Aggies’ WAC home opening weekend, Nephawe tallied back-to-back double-figure games with 12 points against Utah State (Jan. 12) and 10 points against Idaho (Jan. 14). He blocked a season-high four shots in consecutive games versus Fresno State (Jan. 28) and Bakersfield (Feb. 1). Nephawe then returned to double-figures for the final time in the regular season with 10 points versus Hawai’i (Feb. 23).
In his first season in Las Cruces, Nephawe contributed to the Aggies and made an appearance in all 33 games. He started in 17 contests and averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Nephawe led the team in blocked shots with 32, which ranked seventh in the WAC. He shot 47.9 percent from the field (58-of-121) and 76.4 from the free-throw line (68-of-89), which also ranked seventh in the conference. In league games, Nephawe improved his performance at the free-throw line to 80 percent (40-of-50), which was the fifth-best showing. He added 18 steals and seven assists in 2010-11. In his freshman season, Nephawe recorded five double-digit scoring games including a season-high 13 points against Southern California (Nov. 21) on 5-of-7 shooting along with seven boards. He posted back-to-back games with five blocks against Louisiana (Dec. 21) and Saint Mary’s (Dec. 23). Nephawe then opened WAC play with 10 points and five rebounds in the conference opener at Idaho (Dec. 29). In the WAC home opener, he scored 10 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the line versus Fresno State (Jan. 8). Nephawe recorded a season-high 10 rebounds against San Jose State (Jan. 15). He repeated that feat in his first career double-double game consisting of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Utah State (March 2). Nephawe concluded the regular season with 10 points and six rebounds versus Nevada (March 5).
Nephawe joined the Aggies after two seasons at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif. In 2009-10, he led Stoneridge to a 28-3 record. Nephawe was named the best rebounder and an all-star team selection at the 2009 Under-18 Provincial Tournament in South Africa. In September 2007, he was selected to attend the Basketball without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa. The NBA and FIBA conduct Basketball without Borders camp as part of the NBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program.
Nephawe is the son of Thompson and Joyce Nephawe and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is majoring in business.
|City/State:||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|High School:||Stoneridge Prep|