Bloomington – According to sources close to the situation, Emmanuel Negedu has been granted an unconditional release from his Arizona letter-of-intent and Indiana will likely be one of a handful of schools he'll consider.
The 6-7, 220-pound forward is the 71st-ranked player in the 2008 class and originally verballed to the Wildcats in April of 2007 and then signed in the fall. But the unsettled situation with the coaching staff prompted Negedu to waver on his pledge, and he asked for his release late last week.
HoosierNation.com sources said Arizona granted that request today, with no strings attached. Negedu is now free to talk to other college coaches with the goal of signing with another program and playing this fall.
Indiana and Tennessee were two of Negedu's finalists the first time around, and both are expected to be given serious consideration this time around. UMass is also expected to be a possibility, while Memphis could enter the picture as well. UMass is coached by first-year coach Derek Kellogg, who spent the last eight years as an assistant coach under John Calipari at Memphis. Whether or not that keeps Memphis from entering the recruiting picture is unclear.
Indiana's draw figures to be not only the opportunity of immediate playing time, but also the fact that some of Negedu's AAU friends are already Bloomington-bound. Negedu played with Matt Roth, Kory Barnett and Daniel Moore as a member of the Indiana Elite AAU program in recent years.
Negedu Gets Release, IU A Possibility
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