Miami’s added another piece to its front court for the 2015-16 season, as 6-foot-10 center Ebuka Izundu verbally committed to the ACC program Wednesday according to Rivals.com. Izundu played at Victory Christian in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his decision comes after being released from the National Letter of Intent he signed to attend Charlotte.
With the school parting ways with Alan Major, Izundu reopened his recruitment and received increased interest from high major programs as a result. Izundu’s high school coach discussed his player’s decision to attend Miami with the Charlotte Observer.
“It’s the ACC and he felt really comfortable there,” Aureice McCain said. “They have an African on their basketball team who is from his home area (of Nigeria). They have another on the football team. And Miami is a small school, with a student-teacher ratio of 12-to-1. He feels he’ll get the same type of academic support there that he got at Victory. Plus, he’ll get to play five or six games in North Carolina each year, so so he can play in front of family and friends.”
The left-handed Izundu was one of the best prospects in North Carolina this past season, and he picked Miami over Arkansas and Cincinnati. Izundu joins a front court that won’t lack for options as the Hurricanes look to get to the NCAA tournament after reaching the title game of the Postseason NIT.
In addition to seniors Ivan Cruz Uceda and Tonye Jekiri, Miami also returns rising sophomore Omar Sherman and adds Oklahoma State transfer Kamari Murphy to its front court rotation. Those players should help Izundu next season as he get acclimated to the ACC.
While Miami wasn’t the best offensive rebounding team last season, ranking 12th in the ACC in offensive rebounding percentage, they did rebound nearly 71 percent of their opponents’ misses (4th in the ACC).