Clemson's hopes of adding another big man to its early basketball signing class were dashed Wednesday morning when 6-9 Ebuka Izundu of Nigeria opted to sign with the Charlotte 49ers. Izundu attends Victory Christian School in Charlotte and his decision was confirmed by his coach.
"He was more comfortable with the situation (at Charlotte)," Aurice McCain said. "Clemson is a great school. It's just Ebuka felt that UNCC, in the long run, would be a better fit."
Clemson coach Brad Brownell was upbeat Tuesday about his prospects for the early signing period. He has two players committed in 6-1 PG Ty Hudson of Mableton, GA, who will sign at 3:50 PM Wednesday, and 7-0 Legend Robertin of Chipola JC, FL. And he is still in the running for 6-5 Tevin Mack of Dreher who will announce his intentions Thursday at noon.
"You do everything in your power to sell your product," Brownell said. "We have a great product here. We have a terrific university. Best basketball league, I think, in the country. Most visibility for a basketball league in the country. Recent success. Guy put in the NBA recently. We have a new 60-million dollar facility on the way, so I think there are a lot of exciting things happening in basketball. We've done a good job of getting our name out there and selling our product. We're optimistic we're going to bring in some good players and continue to bring in good players. Some of the guys we bring in aren't as household a name as some, but they turn out to be better than most people think."
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Brownell and his staff have recruited in the middle level of the national rankings over his five classes. Using the ratings by Rivals.com, Brownell has not signed a five star prospect and has signed just two four star prospects...Bernard Sullivan, who transferred out, and Donte Grantham, who is a freshman starter this season. But Brownell has never signed a player below a three star grade.