Uchendu Headed To Big Ten

Jonathan Uchendu made a visit to a Big Ten school last month and now he's headed to the Midwest. Uchendu reached his decision Saturday night.

Matt Painter has been charged with the task of rebuilding the Purdue basketball program. On Saturday, his rebuilding process yielded a defensive presence out of Kentucky.

Jonathan Uchendu, a 6-foot-9+ center from Millersburg (Ky.) Millersburg Military Academy, committed to the Boilers after being recruited by Clemson, Florida State, Arkansas-Little Rock and Mississippi.

"Academically, they have a good history of athletes getting their degree and going onto business or going onto the pros," Uchendu said.

Purdue's interest in Uchendu stemmed from an April event in Arkansas. Back at the Real Deal on The Hill, college coaches were able to lay a set of eyes on Uchendu who no doubt intrigued them. Blessed with size, athletic ability and length, he's a shot blocker and defensive player if he's anything and he's looking forward to continuing the role in West Lafayette.

"I know I'll run the floor and play my game," Uchendu said. "I'll rebound and block shots."

Just what the Boilermakers need, someone to stop the other guys from scoring. Speaking of scoring, Matt Painter did a nice job with the center.

"He made an outstanding impression. I like the way he was. I didn't feel turned away at any moment [during the visit]. They made me feel at home."

Uchendu played high school ball in Arkansas last season and he'll enter his first year of prep school at Millersburg this fall.

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