IU Target Negedu Gets New Offers

Emmanuel Negedu is very high on IU's wish list for the 2008 class. Negedu's AAU coach talks about his interest in Indiana, some new offers he's received, and what sort of impact he can make at the collegiate level...

Bloomington, Ind. – Emmanuel Negedu won't be lacking for college options.

The 6-7, 226-pound forward from Brewster Academy already has scholarship offers from a Who's Who of college basketball's best programs, and he's recently added a couple of more to the list as well. Negedu's AAU coach on Indiana Elite, Mark Adams, said Negedu recently was offered by Louisville and Arkansas.

"He has offers from everyone," Adams said.

It's easy to see why there's so much interest in the standout, who came to Bloomington a couple of years ago from Kaduna, Nigeria. Scout.com's 39th-ranked player in the Class of 2008, Negedu is a gifted athlete who can play two or three positions on the court.

"While Beas (Hamga) plays center, Emmanuel can play different positions," Adams said. "And he's going to play wherever he goes."

Negedu is getting an opportunity to show what he can do at Brewster, one of the top prep schools in the country. He plays on a team that includes a slew of Division I caliber players, including '07 recruits Dogus Balbay (signed with Texas), Craig Brackins (Iowa State), Andre Walker (Vanderbilt), Andre McFarland (Idaho) and P'Allen Stinnett (Creighton).

"(Being at Brewster) has helped him adjust to the speed of the game over here, and he's a big part of Brewster's team this year," Adams said. "There are games he had 30 some, and he's always consistent with his rebounding…maybe he didn't average 20 points a game, but I guarantee if he was in Indiana he would be averaging some good numbers on the high school team."

Where will he wind up? While Louisville and Arkansas are the most recent to offer, Negedu's list has consistently included Indiana, Arizona, Tennessee and Iowa.

"I think he's liked Indiana for a while," Adams said.

Note:We'll have more on Negedu, on his interest in Indiana, and include comments from Adams as well as Brewster Academy Coach Jason Smith later this week.

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