Winthrop lands pledge

The Winthrop Eagles wanted a big guy to finish out their class and they landed one on Thursday evening.

The Winthrop Eagles made a trip into the state of Georgia and were able to land a very athletic commitment on Thursday. Jonesboro (Ga.) High School big man Chukwudubem Okeke, better known as "Duby", made his pledge to Pat Kelsey and company.

According to Jonesboro Head Coach and Cincinnati native Dan Maehlman the Eagles landed someone whose best basketball is ahead of him.

"The sky is the limit for Duby," said Maehlman. "He is a kid entering his third year of organized basketball. Defensively he can play high-major basketball. Offensively he needs to catch up, but he works hard and he is a great kid."

The 6-foot-8 and 230 pound Okeke is someone known for his incredible athleticism, and the work that assistant Brian Thornton and Kelsey put in with post players was a big part of his decision.

"Coach Thornton and Coach Kelsey are great people," said Okeke. "They really showed me how much they want me, and they gave me advice on how to get better. Also they have a history of improving players who are my size and position."

Another thing that worked in Winthrop's favor was a long standing relationship between Kelsey and Maehlman who were on rival high school teams.

"Pat and Brian did an unbelievable job of being who they are and being honest," said Maehlman. "I played against Pat in high school and I know his values and how he was raised. I just had a feeling with him at Winthrop and the experience under Chris Mack and Skip Prosser, I just think he has been brought up in the right situation and it is a no brainer for the kid."

This is the third commitment for Winthrop in the 2013 class joining Ohio natives Josh Davenport and Keon Johnson.

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