Can you talk about some of the improvements that Uche has made over the summer?
"Uche has made continuous improvements over the past three years. He has only been playing basketball for three years. He was a soccer player when he was in Nigeria. He simply just works at his game, and he has a much better outside game than he had three years ago. His versatility is what makes him so hard to guard because he can play inside and outside, and ultimately, that is what is going to make him a great player."
Tell us about Uche as a young man.
"He's a delightful young man. He works very hard academically and he's a good student. He's developed into a good leader for us. And again, he is delighted that he has been able to come to this country and play basketball…and ultimately use basketball to get a good education and play beyond that hopefully."
Can you tell me what he is looking for overall in an institution?
"Uche is a unique individual in that he is going to look for the best education as well as basketball. What he thinks he can get educationally is very important to him. He looks at graduation rates at colleges, and like others, he looks at who is coaching the teams. That will play a part in the decision. He likes all of the coaches that he has dealt with so far, and certainly Coach Amaker is an outstanding coach and a fine person. I've known Tommy since he was about 14 years old."
Besides Michigan, what are the other schools you know him to be considering?
Did Uche talk to you at all about how his visit to Michigan went?
"A little bit, but he doesn't talk a whole lot, he keeps things to himself, but he certainly enjoyed the visit as he has all of his visits, but there is certainly not a front runner at this time."
Knowing him as you do, can you talk about what might be the most significant factors in his decision? You talked about academics a little bit, what are some of the others?
"Well obviously he is going to look at his opportunity to play, and where
he would fit into the program. He is the type of player that wants to be in
a program that runs up and down the floor and presses. He understands the power
of an inside game as well as an outside game and that is what he brings to the
table. So I think he will look not only the school and the coach, but also the
type of kids they have in the program. He is used to being around good people.
Here we have good guys, and good students, and they work very hard. He likes
being around good people, and that is going to play a big factor in it too.
He wants to be around kids like him that have goals for themselves that want
to be good players as well, and good people off of the court."