Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pack recruit Uchebo impresses evaluator

Joe Uchebo, a sophomore big man who committed early to N.C. State, made a big impression on veteran All-Star Sports talent evaluator Bob Gibbons on Monday.

Uchebo played for Oak Ridge Academy at the MLK Classic at the Greensboro Coliseum. Gibbons said Uchebo is closer to 6-foot-10 than his listed height, which is 7 feet.

But Uchebo's ability impressed Gibbons.

"I think he's got enormous upside," Gibbons said. ". . .He showed good mobility and athleticism and a good feel for the game."

Gibbons also continues to speak glowingly about Concord Cannon forward Jarrell Eddie, a senior who has committed to Virginia Tech.

"He will be one of those players who emerges for (Virginia Tech coach) Seth Greenberg," Gibbons said, "and a lot of schools will shake their head and say, 'Why didn't we recruit this kid harder.' "

Ken Tysiac

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