ESPN No. 87 ranked high school junior Emmanuel Dowuona has committed to Purdue.
The 6-11 center from Ghana averaged a whopping 18 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 blocks this season for Miami’s Westwood Christian School (through Feb. 13).
“They spent a lot of time on me, letting me know how much I mean to them and how important I would be for their team at Purdue,” Dowuona told purdue.rivals.com.
His Westwood Christian HS coach Jose Amat said Purdue was the perfect fit for Dowuona.
“When you have a basketball university coming after you that thrives on dumping the ball down low and developing their big men, it seemed like a perfect fit and he didn’t want to let this opportunity slip,” said Amat.
The Journal & Courier’s Nathan Baird said that Dowuona is exact type of player the Boilermakers need.
“[Dowuona] could provide a combination of rim protection and rebounding Purdue has lacked since A.J. Hammons’ exit to the NBA,” Baird wrote.
Amat said Dowuona is a fast-rising talent coming off a great year.
“I think he’s been the most dominant big man in South Florida this season,” Amat told the Miami Herald. “He’s raw offensively, but he’s a beast on defense.”
The Boilermakers beat out the likes of UConn, Clemson, Miami, South Florida, and Tennessee to land Dowuona.
At Purdue, Dowuona will join fellow 2018 recruit No. 26 PF Trevion Williams.
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