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Mouphtaou Yarou signs 2-year contract with Le Mans in France; Works out with Sixers

The former 'Nova frontliner will be taking his talents to France.

Jamie Squire

Villanova Wildcats alum Mouphtaou Yarou signed a two-year deal with Le Mans Sarthe Basket, according to france bleu. Here's the essential info:

Mouphtaou Yarou a signé un contrat de deux ans avec le club de basket manceau. Ce jeune intérieur d'origine béninoise va mettre du poids dans la raquette mancelle.

Ce joueur manque de repères mais Erman Kunter, le nouveau coach sarthois, estime que ce pivot à une grande marge de progression mais pas encore l'expérience pour remplacer Batista.

If we have anyone fluent in French, feel free to jump in, but if you pop that into the Google machine you get a rough translation that Yarou is expected to add size to the frontcourt, and while there is a concern about his lack of experience he's a promising prospect.

Le Mans are a team in the ProA league in France. Yarou had just ended a stint with Radnicki KG in Serbia. In his final season with the team he averaged 13 rebounds per game. There are currently 6 players on Le Mans Sarthe, Yarou being the only one not of French decent. Yarou is the tallest on the team by three inches standing at 6'10".

Hopefully LeBron James is aware of this signing and is willing to take a substantial paycut to play overseas with the Villanova star.

Working out with Sixers

Before booking his ticket to France, Yarou has reportedly taken his chances with the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. The 2013 graduate attended the Sixers' rookie/free agent camp at PCOM this week, that was held ahead of their planned participation in the Las Vegas Summer League. It has not yet been determined if he will travel with the team to Nevada.

According to the Morning Call, Yarou has impressed Sixers' assistant coach Chad Iske, who is leading the team in Vegas.

"I had no past with him before," Iske told "He's been a very pleasant surprise. He's a big, strong kid. To be honest, he changes the game because of his strength and his ability to move that big frame. He's a presence in the paint, both offensively and defensively."

If he is able to catch on with the Sixers or another NBA team, he would consider opting out of his recently-signed deal with Le Mans.