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MU receives verbal commitment

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Nigerian center Henry Uwadiae verbally committed to the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball program.

Uwadiae is a 6-foot-11, 235-pound player for the Kirkwood Community College Eagles in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who reportedly made a Marshall visit Aug. 31.

He has "good potential/upside," JucoRecruiting.com reported. Rivals.com and ESPN.com also reported the commitment.

Wichita State, coached by former Marshall assistant Gregg Marshall, signed Uwadiae in Nov. 2011 out of Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, N.C., and the NCAA didn't clear his eligibility. Uwadiae has also attended Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nev., and United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte.

"He can really run and should develop into an outstanding post player in the future," Gregg Marshall said in a news release announcing Uwadiae's signing.

Uwadiae is originally from Benin City, Nigeria, where he grew up playing volleyball and didn't take up basketball until age 14.

He was red-shirted last season at Kirkwood, a NJCAA Division II school, and will have three years of NCAA Division I eligibility.

An ESPN.com analysis said Uwadiae's strengths are his athletic defending and rebounding presence, running the floor, finishing above the rim and blocking shots. The report said his defense is ahead of his offense.

Wichita State was still keeping tabs on Uwadiae, but its coaches wanted to see him play, The Wichita Eagle newspaper reported. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from UC Riverside, East Tennessee State and Seton Hall.

The National Letter of Intent signing period begins Nov. 13.

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