Bloomington – After spending nearly 48 hours in Indiana, Emmanuel Negedu has returned to Boston to reflect on the first of his four official visits.
The 6-7, 225-pound forward from Brewster Academy arrived in Indianapolis at 3 p.m. Tuesday and spent a portion of the last three days getting a feel for the Indiana program, its players and the new coaching staff. While Negedu was familiar with a handful of the players who were on campus through the Indiana Elite AAU program and Mark Adams' A-Hope Foundation, it was his first chance to spend significant time getting to know Tom Crean and his new staff.
"It went great," Negedu said after returning home. "I liked the coaching staff, I think they are all great people. We got along pretty well. I liked everything about them."
Scout.com's 71st ranked player in the '08 class enjoyed the usual array of activities that coincide with most official visits, including a tour of both the campus and the athletics facilities, a meeting with the academic counseling staff, and a dinner out at Yogi's on Wednesday night.
He also spent a good portion of Wednesday afternoon participating in open gym with many of his potential teammates, including Matt Roth, Kory Barnett, Daniel Moore, Jordan Hulls and Tijan Jobe. While those games gave him a chance to get re-acquainted with many of those familiar faces, it also gave them a chance to let Negedu know how badly they want him to join them in Bloomington this fall.
"They told me they really want me to come there with them," Negedu said.
Crean feels the same way. The first-year Indiana coach has already managed to piece together a six-man 2008 recruiting class that will help offset the losses following Kelvin Sampson's departure, and getting a player of Negedu's abilities would be the icing on the cake.
Negedu is a tremendously athletic player who averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds last season at Brewster, helping Coach Jason Smith's team to a 31-4 record. Negedu excels in transition, and that's a style Crean talked about wanting to play next year.
"They said they want to run a lot and play more up tempo," Negedu said. "They said they won't play the same basketball that the Big Ten plays. They want to get up and down."
Negedu said he wasn't pressured to make a commitment while he was in town, because he's made it clear from the outset that he would take all four of his official visits. He's scheduled to go to Georgia Tech June 8, followed by Tennessee June 10 and Memphis June 12. Once those are complete, a decision should come soon afterwards.
"I'm just going to get ready for the next couple of visits, and after that I'll look at the whole situation and figure out what is the right place for me to go," Negedu said.
Negedu on IU Visit: "It Went Great"
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