Coimbra Final Piece of CMU Recruiting Class

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Brazilian power forward Andre Coimbra has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the 2010-11 Central Michigan University men's basketball team as the seventh and final member of this year's nationally-recognized recruiting class.

The 6-foot-9, 222-pound native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andre Coimbra led Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in rebounding as a sophomore last season, averaging 9.5 boards per game, while also contributing 6.5 points and 1.7 blocks per contest.

"Andre really fills a need for athleticism and he brings a skill level to our front court that will add depth to that position," said Central Michigan head coach Ernie Zeigler. "With a 7-foot-1 wingspan he is a very good defensive post player who has the ability to change a lot of shots. We are definitely looking forward to having him join our basketball family."

The addition of Coimbra (pronounced coe-EEM-bra) and Triton College transfer Paris Paramore gives the Chippewas their only two juniors on next year's roster.

The pair will be joined by five incoming freshmen who comprise a recruiting class that was ranked at the top of the Mid-American Conference according to several outlets.

"This class addressed a lot of our needs in terms of adding athletic size, the ability to rebound the ball and defend the paint," Zeigler said, "and we also bolstered our back court and wings with some very skilled players who can create shots for others and make plays for themselves."

The Chippewas won their second-consecutive MAC West Division title in 2009-10, advancing to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament for the fourth-consecutive season under Zeigler.

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