Cats getting 'a warrior'

The Wildcat coaching staff got a piece of good news Sunday morning when Emanuel Negedu committed to the Wildcats.

Negedu made an unofficial to Tucson prior to the Kingwood Classic, but held off making a decision until he got back to the Brewster Academy, the place he calls home in America.

"He wanted to be 100% sure," said his high school coach Jason Smith. "He wanted to get back on our campus and talk to people who he knows has his best interest at heart."

The pressure to make the right decision intensified after Negedu had a fantastic weekend at the Kingwood Classic. Negedu turned a ton of heads with his play at the event and suddenly had a host of new schools trying to get involved.

"He actually thought about committing early in the week, but after being absolutely bombarded with calls from coaches after Kingwood he decided to wait," Smith said. "He wanted to make sure he made the decision that was best for him."

Reading his measureables, one might wonder if it was wise to recruit a 6-7 power forward who's best known for his athleticism, but Smith has no worries about his player.

"Emmanuel is best described as a Warrior," Smith explained. "He plays much bigger than he is."

Smith feels that Negedu has the versatility to play either forward spot, but knows that near future will be spent inside.

He'll definitely spend his first few years at the four," Smith noted. "He could play small forward by the time he's a junior or senior. He's very talented and works very hard to expand his game."

As much as Smith wanted to talk about Negedu the player, he seemed more interested in Emmanuel the person.

"He's phenomenal," Smith said. "He's so very charismatic. Everyone at our school loves him. He has friends who are seniors and he has as many friends who are freshmen. There are is no one here at Brewster who is not going to rave about him."

Negedu is the first verbal commitment for the Wildcats in the 2008 class. He is a four-star recruit and rated as the 15th best power forward, but those accolades were awarded before the start of the April recruiting events. The Wildcats are expected to add three more players to the class.

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