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WELCOME TO THE U EBUKA IZUNDU!! CanesHoops Lands a Much Needed Big

Miami Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Larrañaga got a big commitment today as 2015 Center/PF Ebuka Izundu committed to the team today, his coach Auriece McClain confirmed to a short time ago.

Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

*Updated for additional quotes.

When asked why Ebuka picked Miami over Arkansas and Cincinnati  McClain told SOTU:

"Great academic school and opportunity to grow as a person, student and athlete. It's bigger then basketball and Ebuka felt like he was home when he visited there."

McClain told the Charlotte Observer:

"It's the ACC and he felt really comfortable there. They have an African on their basketball team who is from his home area. 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."

According to 24/7 sports the big man is listed as a 4 star, measuring at 6'10" 210 pounds and was one of the few remaining front court players of this caliber that were uncommitted.  Miami was able to offer Izundu after two of it’s guards transferred recently, freeing up scholarships.  This also helps the Canes balance out their classes and takes pressure off the staff who were faced with replacing Tonye Jerkiri after this coming season.  We still expect UM to target another big man for the 2016 class and have their priority set on three highly ranked Florida based players: Miami Norland’s Dewan Huell,  Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham and Bartow’s  Tony Bradley.    Also look for the Canes staff to go after another player to fill out the last open scholarship via the transfer market, which stands at over 700 players looking to transfer or having transferred.

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