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Trailblazer men’s basketball signs Michigan recruit John Ukomadu

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Trailblazers are still basking in winning the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball national title, but Vincennes University Coach Todd Franklin is working on solidifying the roster for next season and has signed Roseville (Michigan) High School’s John Ukomadu.

“He is a long combo forward,” Franklin said. “He can play a wing and a stretch forward. He’ll basically be a wing. He’s a very athletic wing.

“He can really get to the rim. He’s explosive at the rim. He does not have a bad jump shot. I think his jump shot will be pretty good with time and repetition in practice.”

The 190-pound Ukomadu averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks his senior season. He also helped lead Roseville to the state quarterfinals in Michigan’s largest class.

“He had a very good senior year in Michigan,” Franklin said. “He was rated as a top 15 senior in the state. He was highly recruited by a lot of junior colleges around the country. The upside is very much there.

“He’s a guy who made a big jump since this time last year. He’s just now coming in to his own.”

Ukomadu is 6-foot-6 with a 6-10 wingspan.

 “He’s a very young guy,” Franklin said. “He doesn’t turn 18 until October. He might have a couple more inches before he is done (growing). His body will keep getting stronger.

“I think his best basketball is in front of him. He is a guy who we hope will end up being a substantial player here. It’s always a guessing game at our level, but the talent is definitely there.”


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