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Wednesday / April 24.
  • Jonathan Nwankwo to Minnesota

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    Jonathan Nwankwo, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound 2015 center from House of Sports and Victory Rock (FL) Prep, committed to Minnesota on his visit Friday night.

    “I think it’s where his heart was the whole time,” his guardian Derrik Riullano told SNY.tv. “And coming here just confirmed it.”

    He also considered Tennessee, Seton Hall, Rice, Temple and Fordham.

    “He’s an interior presence,” Riullano said. “Defense, rebounding and strong finishes. He’s working hard down in Florida on his offensive skills. And he’s also working real hard in the weight room. He’s 250 now, and he’d like to get as close to 260 as he can while maintaining his speed and agility.”

    House of Sports coach Andy Borman told SNY.tv: “He’s a 6-9 big that’s coming into his own. He has a high D-1 body and a huge upside. He’s a great rebounder, good finisher, really efficient from the free throw line. He’s a no-brainer high-major kid.”

    The big man joins combo guard DuPree McBrayer, originally from New York City and now at Sunrise (KS) Christian, and Montverde Academy guard Kevin Dorsey in Richard Pitino’s 2015 class.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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