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June 14, 2013

Edogi signs with Tulsa




Inside Tulsa Sports first reported power forward TK Edogi's commitment to Tulsa on Monday night, and by Thursday, he had officially signed with the Golden Hurricane. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound athlete from Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep will join the team for the 2013-14 season with four years of eligibility.

"TK is a big, athletic forward with a great motor," said Tulsa head coach Danny Manning. "He plays with a lot of energy, is an active defender, and he will provide us more depth on the inside. He has developed immensely as a basketball player under coaches Kenny Mullins, Gabe Stevens and Adrion Orona.

"He is a great young man, and we look forward to having him here at TU. He has a wonderful family that is very supportive. TU fans will fall in love with his infectious smile and personality."

Edogi made an official visit to Tulsa on Sunday and Monday, and he came away impressed.

"I feel like Danny Manning will make me a better player," he said. "He's a great big man coach."

Edogi chose Tulsa over offers from Nevada, Wright State, Rider, Iona, Hartford, Niagara, Portland State, Western Illinois and Cal State Fullerton.

Before prep school, Edogi played high school basketball at Valley Vista in Sunrise, Arizona. As a senior there, he was a first-team All-Section 3 and an honorable mention all-state selection. He averaged 15.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 19 contests that season and led the state in rebounding.

Edogi also played two years of AAU basketball with the Arizona Magic, coached by Kenny Mullins, who says Edogi plays more like 6-foot-10 due to his tremendous reach.

"He is a high-energy, tough, physical, in-the-paint presence guy," Mullins described. "He dunks the ball a lot, and is a big, athletic forward that has a really good game presence. When he brings the energy like he did this spring, he can be a real factor in the game. He kind of learned the game late, and that extra year of high school helped him mature. I think that was huge for him.

"He is a great kid. He's a fun-loving, jovial kid, and he has a great attitude on life. He has a really good family. It's been fun coaching him."

Edogi is the fifth scholarship player to sign in the 2013 class. He joins 6-4 junior college guard Marquel Curtis, 6-10 junior college forward Lew Evans, 6-5 prep school guard Stevie Repichowski and 6-11 high school center Emmanuel Ezechinonso. 6-8 preferred walk-on Riley Kemmer will also be joining the squad.



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