Henry Uwadiae who is a 6’11 210lbs. Center out of Charlotte, North Carolina originally from Nigeria, who played one year at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, and recently transferred to United Faith Christian Academy, verbally committed to WSU. He is a 2012 recruit, and is the 2nd recruit to verbally commit from that recruiting class in the past week. Fred Van Vleet also committed this week.
The Nigerian connection with the program is strong these past few years. Ehimen Orukpe is from Nigeria, and Ede Egharevba is of Nigerian decent. Henry attended the Elite camp hosted by WSU recently, and stayed around to play hoops with the other players. It was reported that Henry came up and talked with Ede, and asked where Ehimen was. Coach Marshall has had long connections with Nigeria, as one of his players at Winthrop who is Nigerian, was at the camp helping out. Eyo Effiong is his name, and he is the President of African Basketball Online, which stated on their website is “African Basketball (ABO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the youth through sports.”
In an interview with The Eagle, Henry is quoted as saying;
“I was looking for a good athletic environment and a good relationship with the coach,” Uwadiae said. “I wanted people that can really see the potential in me and really want to bring that out. I thought they had the ability to do that. I grew up playing volleyball,” he said. “It was really hard for me, learning what basketball was all about. I’ve learned a lot of things about basketball, but there are more things I can learn. That’s why I wanted to go to a good college, where the coaches will spend time and bring me up to my full potential.”
Also in a video interview, Henry mentioned that he wishes to be a banker once he graduates from college, so I could only imagine that The Barton School of Business played at least a minor role in his choice to come to Wichita State.