Just before the dead period began, South Florida welcomed C.A. Johnson (Savannah, Ga.) High School power forward Amanze Ngumezi to campus for an unofficial visit.
Along with several teammates and his coach from his 1 Family AAU team, the long armed big man got to see firsthand what the Bulls basketball program has to offer.
“It went well,” Ngumezi said. “We went to the practice facility and saw the arena. We watched a couple of the big guys go through a workout and a couple of the guards.”
Bulls assistant coach Chad Dollar is Ngumezi’s lead recruiter and the two are building a relationship.
“My relationship with him I’d say is cool,” said Ngumezi. “He’s a cool guy, I like to talk to him. He calls me from time to time. I feel like he knows my game he knows the things to tell me to better myself on the court. Like he’ll call me after a game and he’ll ask me what I did good and ask me what I think I could have done better.”
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Ngumezi listed his current height and weight at 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, he also told us that he has a 7-foot-1 wingspan. With that type of size, length and the ability to step out and shoot perimeter jump shots, Ngumezi could play multiple positions at the next level. Something he said is part of the Bulls recruiting pitch to him.
“Their conversation with me is on how I can come in and be very effective as a freshman because of my versatility,” said Ngumezi who shot 31 percent beyond the arc on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. “The way they play the game and run the court they have a fast tempo offense. He [coach Dollar] said being that I’m 6-foot-9 and I don’t have a position on the court that I’ll fit in perfectly with their offense because I can run the floor and get a lot of touches as a freshman.”
In seven Adidas Gauntlet games, Ngumezi averaged 8.9 points, five rebounds and 1.4 blocks while playing 17.4 minutes per game. We watched his most efficient game when he went for 15 points (on eight shot attempts) six rebounds and two blocks back in April against Castle Knights out of New York. There were at least 25 high major coaches watching that game, including USF head coach Brian Gregory.
Ngumezi does an almost even amount of work around the basket as he does on the perimeter with 43 percent of his field goal attempts within seven feet of the rim and 48 percent beyond the arc. He's a 56 percent shooter on those shots near the hoop.
In addition to USF, Ngumezi said the schools he is hearing from regularly are UAB, Houston, Temple, Georgia Southern and Clemson. He added that he is receiving mail from Alabama.
“The schools that call me the most I’d say is the University of South Florida and Clemson and UAB,” said Ngumezi.
Does that mean USF will get one of his five official visits?
“Going into July I have to seeing what more offers I pick up,” he said. “I’d have to sit down and dwell on what colleges I would like to visit. But I would say from the visit I like the campus and I like the way coach [Gregory] coaches the team as far as the workout. As of right now I’m just going to let July come. As far as coming back down for an official visit I have to sit down and think about it.”