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Posted On: 10/11/17 9:50 AM
Asheville Christian Academy was already one of the top NCISAA 2-A teams in the state with the return of 2019 guard Caleb Mills, transfer Raishaun Brown and senior Max Spurling. Last week the news hit that 6-foot-10 center Elochukwu Eze of Calvary Christian in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will be making the move to the mountains.
Eze, a native of Nigeria averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. this past season at Calvary Christian. He was set to become the starting center with the departure of Victor Uyaelunmo who is a freshman at Southern Cal this season. Eze was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May and was out for a few months after surgery.
At Asheville Christian, Eze’s recruitment should pick up a little more being around some of the top college programs in the country. He is long at 6-foot-10 and he is 6-foot-10, which in college basketball terms, you can’t team that height.
Schools that have shown interest so far are Radford, Davidson, Evansville, Eastern Washington, Gardner-Webb and East Carolina. UNC-Asheville and Wofford College have also expressed some interest. Eze has an offer from North Florida that he received back in June.
What was lacking on Asheville Christian’s roster for this upcoming season was a big man. They got what they needed in Eze. He will be the defensive shot changer, rebounder and a big body to take up space that was missing to go along with one of the state’s best guards in Caleb Mills.
Eze will join Justice Ajogbor (Christ School) as two Nigerians playing in the same conference in the mountains. Ajogbor is a native of Nigeria and is considered one of the top 2020 players in the country. He recently picked up offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Maryland and UConn. It will be interesting to see who guards who with Christ School also having 6-foot-11 Brandon Stone.