UIC Lands First 2017 Commitment From Underrated Big Man  

October 11, 2016

8:00 P.M. CST

Since the beginning of the spring University Of Illinois At Chicago head coach Steve McClain and his staff made the search for a skilled big man their foremost priority when it came to recruiting the 2017 class.  It is therefore only fitting that their hard-working efforts have resulted in their first 2017 commitment, as 6'9 power forward Greg Eboigbodin from Jesuit High School in Detroit pledged to the Flames this evening.

Eboigbodin chose UIC over offers from Loyola, Northern Kentucky and Boston University among others.  He visited the Flames campus this past weekend and by the time it had concluded he undoubtedly knew that UIC was the place for him.

In addition to falling in love with the campus, Eboigbodin also cited his strong relationship and comfort level with the Flames coaching staff as an important factor in his decision.  He stressed how they made him feel at home and how he can be an ideal complement to preseason all-Horizon League selection Tai Odiase.

Like Odiase, Eboigbodin is a rebounder extraordinaire and that is the area in which he excels the most.  He is also athletic, runs the floor well and his long frame aides him in being a good shot blocker.  And above all else, Eboigbodin knows how to win, as his Jesuit team finished 28-0 last season en route to winning a state championship.  Eboigbodin competed on the travel team circuit this past spring and summer for The Family.

Kudos undoubtedly go out to UIC assistant coach Ronald "Chin" Coleman, who was the lead recruiter for Eboigbodin.  As he has done throughout the state of Illinois, Coleman has developed strong recruiting connections in Michigan as well and this proved to be the difference with respect to enabling the Flames to land Eboigbodin.  There was simply a level of trust between Coleman and the Eboigbodin family that was unequalled elsewhere.

While McClain and the Flames are technically out of scholarships in 2017, it will not stop them from continuing to recruit that class.  Not only that, but they have extended scholarship offers to numerous in-state prospects from the class of 2018.

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