Threw in that ‘basketball’ at the end, so you fools don’t get it twisted. No, this is not another unrated, ‘no-name’ football player who will spark more petty e-drama. Patrick Chambers got his first commitment to the program in just three and a half weeks. Akosa Maduegbunam (pronounced Mah-do-way-boo-nam) from Boston, MA committed on Tuesday, likely while he was still on campus. The 6’3″ combo guard is a 2012 prospect, who will occupy one of the two open scholarships remaining for the 2012-2013 season (plug: all of your scholarship inquiries about the team can be answered with the scholarship table listed on the front page of LBU).
The rising senior will be transferring from Charlestown High School this upcoming season to play at Winchendon Prep in the loaded NEPSAC. Winchendon will be his third high school, as he transferred to Charlestown from Cushing Academy after his freshman year. While at Charlestown for 2 seasons, he averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and was an All-City selection twice. He is taking his talents to the NEPSAC at the urging of his Charlestown coach next season.
Akosa chose Penn State over offers from Temple, Drexel, New Hampshire, and Iona. He has an 82, 2-star rating at ESPN.com. As of right now, Maduegbunam certainly doesn’t seem to be much of a high-profile prospect, but what needs to be kept in mind is that he’s been playing in the recruiting shadows of the NEPSAC, and his AAU club, Expressions Elite, doesn’t appear at many of the high-profile AAU events. He will have his chance to make his mark in the NEPSAC next season when he’s at Winchendon. What we do know is that Maduegbunam and Coach Chambers share an unbreakable bond. From ESPN:
“I would say Coach Chambers is probably one of the best recruiters ever,” Maduegbunam said this afternoon by phone. “He just makes you feel really welcome, really wanted. I tried to evaluate coaches as to where they’ll be down the road. Somewhere along the line of life, I’ll stop playing basketball, and Coach Chambers is a guy who would be there at my wedding. He is more than just a college coach. It’s more than just basketball for him, it’s about character and personality. He found that in me, and I found that in him.”
Akosa’s been described as an athletic player who can attack the rim in transition and can shoot from range in the half-court. The one site out there who has followed Maduegbuna is Adam Finkelstein’s New England Basketball Recruiting Report. Many observations of Akosa’s performances have been logged at NERR in his profile page
“I always knew I wanted to go out of state,” Maduegbunam told the New England Recruiting Report, “so I almost thought it was a miracle when I heard that Pat Chambers was moving to Penn State.”
“I liked being under the radar,” Maduegbunam said. “I always knew I was a high-major kid and Pat Chambers knew it too.”
Akosa’s family hails from Nigeria, but he was born and raised in Boston, MA. You can get to know Akosa a little better from this piece from the Boston Globe.
Welcome, Akosa Maduegbunam, to the Penn State family! Your name is awesome, but I’m confident it will be no challenge to the Great Steve Jones.