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Dec. 14, 2012

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning announced the addition of 6-11, 275-pound high school center Emmanuel Ezechinonso to the early signing class for the 2013-14 season.

Ezechinonso, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, is a senior at Covenant Christian Ministries Academy in Marietta, Ga. He joins 6-10 forward Lew Evans and 6-5 shooting guard Stevie Repichowski in Tulsa's early signing class.

"Emmanuel is a big-bodied player at 6-11 and 275 pounds," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "He is a very good defender, rebounder and shot-blocker right now. He needs to develop a little more offensively. We feel he, along with Lew Evans and Stevie Repichowski, will be a very good addition to our team next year. We think they are three very good pieces who will give us an opportunity to really stretch the floor. We will work to develop all three players and mesh them into our system once they arrive at TU."

Ezechinonso averaged 6.4 points in nine games through Nov. 29 this season. As a sophomore in 2011, he was selected to the all-tournament team after leading Covenant Christian Ministries Academy to the National Association of Christian Athletes national championship.

"He has been a big key (defensively) for us ever since he got here," CCMA head basketball coach Frederick Anderson said. "Offensively he's not as explosive. He's averaging 15 or more rebounds a game, and at least 4-5 blocks a game. He'll get us 8-10 points. He plays hard-nosed defense. He's a hard worker. He does what he's asked to do to the best of his abilities. You can't beat that."

After taking a break from games this week for finals, the Golden Hurricane returns to action Saturday for at 2 p.m. contest at Arkansas-Little Rock.

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