A sought-after unsigned power-forward in the 2015 class has scheduled an official visit with the Tennessee men’s basketball team.
Ebuka Izundu plans to arrive in Knoxville on Sunday and depart Tuesday, Victory Christian (Charlotte, N.C.) basketball coach Aureice McCain told the News Sentinel in a phone interview on Tuesday night.
McCain said the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Izundu has picked up about 20 scholarship offers since he received his release from his letter of intent at Charlotte. To illustrated his point, McCain said coaches from three well-known schools stopped by Victory Christian on Tuesday. Izundu is the No. 4 player in North Carolina and the No. 58 power forward in the 2015 class, according to 247 Sports. The scouting service ranks him as a four-star prospect. He’s a three-star in the 247Sports composite.
The coaching change at Charlotte that led to Izundu receiving his release might help the Vols. UT assistant coach Desmond Oliver, a Charlotte assistant under former 49ers coach Alan Major, was one of the first coaches to scout Izundu.
“Coach Oliver was the first coach to see him when a lot of coaches wouldn’t return my phone calls and emails,” McCain said.
But McCain stressed Izundu’s recruitment is wide open, pointing out that those who jumped to conclusions based on Oliver’s Charlotte connection are reaching too far. He also made it clear Izundu has not received an offer from Kentucky, despite chatter that the Wildcats are interested. McCain said the upcoming visit to Tennessee is the only one Izundu has scheduled right now.
I’ll have more on Izundu tomorrow. His story is interesting. He’s originally from Lagos, Nigeria and hasn’t been playing basketball all that long. But his upside has caught the attention of a ton of teams, and the Vols are going to get a shot to make a good impression.