Kansas basketball gets commitment from high school forward Zuby Ejiofor
LAWRENCE — Zuby Ejiofor, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior-to-be forward from Garland (Texas) High School, on Thursday night orally committed to play college basketball at Kansas.
Ejiofor, who completed a two-day campus visit to KU on June 24, chose the Jayhawks over Texas, TCU, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He made the announcement on Twitter:
"I figured Coach (Bill) Self was 'the man' and I figured I had to do it. I've been getting calls and texts from all these coaches. I went with what is in my heart," Ejiofor said Thursday night in a phone interview.
Ejiofor is the No. 37-ranked high school boys basketball player in the recruiting Class of 2022 by 247sports.com and No. 58-rated player by Rivals.com. He made all five campus visits to his finalists in the month of June.
"I was talking about it with my family. We had our last trip to Texas on Monday, so I decided after that," Ejiofor said. "It was close. I'm trying to chase that NCAA championship. Kansas is the place for me," he added.
Ejiofor averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds per game during his junior season at Garland High School. He scored 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Houston Hoops in a recent AAU basketball game against 3D Empire.
"Coach Self said initially a center," Ejiofor said of his position in college. "Then he and his coaches said more of a 4 (power forward). He'll decide what position I'll play. I think I'm more a 4 than a 5. I'm a player that will give 100% every time on the court. I love basketball. This is my life right here."
He has aspirations to play pro ball.
"The fact is Kansas is a basketball school. Most of their players go to the league which is where I'm trying to go," Ejiofor said. "The coaches all have experience. It's an honor to be able to play there."
Ejiofor was born in the United States, but moved to Nigeria with his parents when he was very young. He moved back to the U.S. in sixth grade and started playing basketball for the first time in eighth grade.
His dad currently lives in Nigeria, and his mom travels back and forth between the U.S. and Nigeria.
"I didn't really know much about Kansas when I was young. I didn't play basketball," Ejiofor said. "I've gotten to know more about them (through the years)."
According to nwahomepage.com, Ejiofor "is a big, strong interior presence who uses his frame to attack the glass and finish around the basket."
Eric Bossi of 247sports.com said of Ejiofor: "He is an athletic and tough 215 pounder who always plays hard. He runs the floor extremely well, can play above the rim in traffic and is consistently one of the most energetic players in the rising senior class. He loves to attack the rim from the elbow and while his athleticism certainly stands out, he has a good base set of skill."
"My best skill set would be that I run the floor. Dribbling would be one of the things that I have to improve on," Ejiofor told Vype.com. "I would like to be able to play the 3-4-5 in college, so I need to work on my ball handling."
KU now has two commitments from players in the Class of 2022. Gradey Dick, a 6-7 senior forward from Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas, committed to KU on March 3.