Thursday, November 10, 2016

NTA's Ugochukwu signs with UMES

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina -- The student body had gathered Wednesday morning in the Northwood Temple gym. All that remained was for the signee to appear.

Franklin Ugochukwu popped through a double door sporting a Maryland Eastern Shore t-shirt and hat, the suspense was over. All that remained was applause for the 6-11 senior as he signed a letter of intent to play for the MEAC school whose name was emblazoned across his chest.

“I just feel like Eastern Shore is going to be the right place for me to play because of the connection with the coach,” Ugochukwu said.

Eastern Shore was predicted by coaches to finish eighth in the MEAC after it went 10-22 a year ago. An infusion of junior college players underpin this season’s roster, making it vital to bring in a deeper freshman pool for the 2017-18 season.

Ugochukwu came to the United States from Nigeria three years ago and is in his first season at Northwood Temple under first-year coach Corey Baker. He had four points and seven rebounds in the Eagles’ 54-44 win against Bull City Prep.


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