The consensus around the country is that Ebi is the top college-bound player out of the class of 2003. His combination of athleticism, size and skill make him one of the most intriguing big men to come out of the high school ranks. In fact, the only thing keeping Ebi from making the ever-popular jump to the NBA is about 30 pounds.
Ebi, who becomes the Wildcats highest ranked recruit in school history, chose Arizona over Duke, Texas and Houston. Speculation stated on several occasions that each of the four schools was at one time Ebi's favorite.
But what made Ebi's situation so different was that this was America's top college-bound prospect and literally no one knew where he was leaning at any time. Not for sure, anyway. Saying that Ebi was "playing his cards close to the vest" became the theme of most stories written about the multi-talented forward from Houston.
Ndudi (pronounced "Indy") hadn't even informed his parents of his final decision until the last couple of days so imagine how the coaches who were courting him felt. Probably in the dark like the rest of the fans, recruiting analysts and his friends involved in the process.
When he finally did announce this morning, he shocked many around the nation who had predicted Ebi to Duke in recent days. Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski were in Houston Monday afternoon and spent two hours with Ebi in a room at his high school, pushing for a commitment that never came.
Ebi took his official visit to Arizona in April and as he was leaving, he informed UA's Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson that he would "be back" and told him, "I want to be a Wildcat".
So even with all of the speculation, rumors and general non-commital attitude surrounding his recruitment, Ndudi Ebi stuck to his promise from six months ago.
He is expected to come in and fill the role that Luke Walton will vacate after graduating this May. However he's more than capable of playing on the perimeter while shooting threes and down in the post where his real strength lies in the rebounding and shot blocking aspects of the game. There's not a lot that Ebi can't do and some have forecast Ebi to be a one-and-done player in college.
He certainly has the talent to have that option available to him.
Stay with Cattracks throughout the day for more notes and quotes about and from Ndudi Ebi on this huge recruiting day for Arizona.
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