Miami Gets Unknown Big Man

There are a lot of college programs in need of big men and the Miami Hurricanes went out and found a talented 6-foot-9, 230-pounder.

The University of Miami secured their second commitment for the 2010 class on Monday.

This time Frank Haith and his staff went off the map picking up a commitment from widely unknown prospect Raphael Akpejio, of Bellaire (Kans.) Sunrise Christian Academy.

"He took a visit there and compared that with some of the other places he'd been," Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted told "He really liked it. He really liked coach [Frank] Haith, the facilities and the city."

"We had quite a few schools show interest over the summer during AAU," he added. "Basically we had some Big 12 schools involved and some Big East school. Miami just kind of showed up out of the blue, showed a lot of interest and offered him the night they saw him play at our gym."

Although Akpejio, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward entertained interest from a number of schools including South Florida, Texas A&M, Colorado, Missouri and Marquette, nationally he's flown under the radar. The primary reason may be due to the dislocated ankle he suffered last year, which held him out of ball for a year.

According to Lindsted, Akpejio, a native of Nigeria and a guy that was Ivy League qualified, is a talented big man that should be able to help the Hurricanes.

"He's a very good defender and a very good good rebounder," he said. "He passes the ball very well for a big guy. He's better offensively than people give him credit for. he's solid around the rim and finishes well."

Overall Miami as a whole was the best fit for Akpejio, according to his high school coach. Lindsted said Akpejio not only loved what Miami had to offer on the court, but off it as well.

"He's a very, very bright kid," he said. "The academic side of it, there were a couple of Nigerian people in the engineering department. He's looking to be an engineering major. I think there were a couple of people in that department that he really hit it off with."

Akepio joins four-star prospect Rion Brown to make up Miami's current 2010 recruiting class.

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