UT gets commitment from big man Yemi Makanjuola

There is a fourth and likely final addition to Cuonzo Martin’s first basketball recruiting class at Tennessee.

Yemi Makanjuola, a 6-foot-9 post player, appears to be the newest Vol as of Tuesday evening.

There was no confirmation from UT. Several websites, including GVX247.com, reported Makanjuola’s commitment.

Not a great deal is known about Makanjuola, other than published reports that he came to the U.S. from Nigeria in January 2010 and enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

He transferred to Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., for the 2010-11 season.

He had recently visited UT and Indiana. Hofstra and Wyoming were also listed as schools of interest on the rivals.yahoo.com web site.

While statistics or rankings on Makanjuola are not available, he fills a need for bodies in the post.

Tennessee had only Kenny Hall, Jeronne Maymon and Renaldo Woolridge on the roster to man both the power forward and post positions.

Makanjuola joins perimeter players Quinton Chievous and Josh Richardson, and point guard Wes Washpun as spring signees since Martin was hired.

Makanjuola and junior-college post player Dwight Miller had been under consideration for offers. It is unlikely Martin would add to the roster further.

Chievous, a son of former Missouri All-American Derrick Chievous, was formally introduced by UT on Tuesday.

“Quinton has a lot of the characteristics coaches love,” Martin said in a UT release. “He’s a hard worker who’s dedicated to putting time in to continue to enhance his skills. He’s very athletic and is a great competitor. He has the tools to be a really good player because he can do a lot of different things .”

As a senior this past season for Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., the 6-foot-5 Chievous averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game.

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tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Interesting

utallvol writes:

Can't Wait!!!

Bigger_Al writes:

Wonder how much he weighs. 6' 9" 275# is a lot different from 6' 9" 160#...

carbonzip writes:

Listed as 6'9" 230# but pretty new to basketball.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Wonder how much he weighs. 6' 9" 275# is a lot different from 6' 9" 160#...

Rivals had him 6-9 230 espn has him 6-8 210

PHAT_VOL writes:

Good Catch....!!
The part about GVX247.com reported the commentment, Is pretty funny. Coach Martin continues to impress.
GO VOLS !!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Not to "rain on the parade" but I live here in Raleigh and stay up-to-speed on local sports. I don't recall seeing this kids name regularly but by no means am I "all-knowing". Hope he's a good find for the Vols.

dlukinbeck writes:

very nice

reg_mza#219136 writes:

6'9" and 230 is kinda slim...that's like Swiper Boy's weight and he's proven to be too slim to work it inside. However, if Dane can do it at 3 inches shorter and about 15-20 lbs lighter, then anything is possible....only time will tell.

born2ride writes:

Who?

tree_em_smokey writes:

Good get for our projram in its current state!

Posts suggesting CCM can't recruit and he doesn't know how to evaluate talent to secceed at this level in 3....2.....1

VolNationPride writes:

From what I read, he has played behind top prospects at both schools, which has kept his name out of the spotlight. The guy he played behind at Oak Hill supposedly signed with Syracuse and the guy at Word of God is Joseph Uchebo, who is a 4 star.

We needed some size, I don't see him being more than a minute filler at first, but there is potential there. Indiana was recruiting him too so they also saw something.

SEC1 writes:

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keepitreal4vols writes:

in response to BigVolinCarolina:

Not to "rain on the parade" but I live here in Raleigh and stay up-to-speed on local sports. I don't recall seeing this kids name regularly but by no means am I "all-knowing". Hope he's a good find for the Vols.

Fill us in, what do you know about the kid? Raw talent, shot blocker, rebounder, softie???

Coachintraining writes:

Hopefully he can rebound and be good in the paint. Because thats what we need

Vol_Tilladye writes:

Shaq-lite... I like it. Vanderbilt won't be the only team with real Africans in the SEC.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Glad you finally announced it to us. I posted about it several hours ago under the Charles Davis article and knew about it at 5:30. Hofstra and Wyoming were not the schools after him. Drexel and Loyala were the schools he was considering. Is a very raw player. Uses both hands well and is left handed. Will never score many points but should have alot of rebounds and blocks. Played behind a star in high school and got his chance when the star got hurt. And I am glad that gvx reported this because no one saw it on there.

Vol_Tilladye writes:

SEC1 - a man who can use a knife can take a gun wielding idiot out with one swoop. I know that from years of service.

You can take your UK/UF comments and shove em'...enjoy too.

VolNationPride writes:

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Considering Florida has only signed one 5 star recruit, the rest are 3 stars, I wouldn't be bragging too much. I mean, Florida did recently win 2 NC's in a row, one would think 5 stars would be tripping over themselves to get there.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Fill us in, what do you know about the kid? Raw talent, shot blocker, rebounder, softie???

Only saw his name recently. He played on a team that had a couple of D-I signees to ACC schools. Not really sure what to think, to be honest, particularly since I never saw him play.

samvol writes:

Glad to see CCM got some size. i think he is pulling together a nice squad. GoVols!!!!

samvol writes:

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you are an idiot!!!

VolunteerLifer writes:

We need the guy badly. I hope he works out.

Vol72 writes:

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You sound so racist. Give the coach a chance to prove himself. It is not his fault Coach Pearl decided to have a cookout and invite players over. He is signing players that are tough mentally, can get in a stance and play defense, and has character. Most like it all these players will enjoy their 4 years of college and obtain a degree and not make an early exit to the NBA. Maybe he can develop the players. Give the coach a chance.

VOLliven2it writes:

Glad to see we at least HAVE a big guy. I don't care his name, his country or even his weight. Does he really want to play college basketball?

RoadTrip writes:

We only need him 5-8 minutes a game folks. Steven Pearl got more minutes than that. Any warm body that size deserves just as many as him without even seeing him play. When you have a bunch of 6'5"ish guys you can rotate that have hops you can play one big and do fine. So you have Hall, Yemi, and Maymon rotating at the 5 and sometimes the 4. Woolridge plays like a 3 and 4 at 6'8". That leaves around 4 other guys that can play the 2 and 3.

The bodies are all there now. It's about getting them coached up and in real shape, unlike the past season. Coach Zo and staff know what to do.

Dobervol writes:

Hope I'm wrong, but it sounds like his last name might as well be "Projectuola". We probably shouldn't have signed a couple of the guys we did, and just take our lumps in the cellar next year until Coach Zo can really get recruiting up and running a year or two from now.

PattheFlaVol writes:

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lol...Congo National team???...now that's funny.

but what concerns me more is no ranking, no stats on the guy...where did this guy really play..Area 51??...does he have a birth certificate???...wait, that's politics.

Slystone writes:

Wow...some of the comments on here are downright mean spirited. I guess Coach Martin will have a survey handed out on his performance before the Vols ever tip it off. How quickly many forget Pearls sins and the repercussions forth coming soon. Yet many vent on Coach Zo. From a recruiting standpoint there is not much out there left. Harris and Hopson were jumping off this ship no matter who the Coach was. They were not planning on staying around at a school on some type of probation. Digest that. It's rebuild time at UT, the Vols are not or never been a reload team. Sit back and support the Coach and staff. If he hasn't shown progress in 3 years I'm sure many will be ready for a change immediately.

coach799 writes:

I hope you seasoned all your words. Coach Martin can coach and improve players so when we are evaluating results next year, bring your forks and spoons, morons.

GO VOLS!!

Katphan29 writes:

Yawn...........

volholic#282380 writes:

in response to ALLVOLNC:

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This is one of the most embarrassing posts I have ever read. I guess every fan base has an "Al from Dadeville" element that cannot be avoided.

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to SEC1:

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yes and your so called guns will run out of bullets

jdcdjc writes:

6'9" & 230 lbs can goa long way if he has the heart!!

txvolsfan writes:

in response to SEC1:

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Calipari needs to win a Championship or be able to not vacate a final 4 before he laughs at anyone and Eddie Munster hasn't been relavent in a while!!!

VOLsince68 writes:

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He winded up at UT Chattanooga.

GO VOLS!!!!!

utallvol writes:

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OK State

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'd like to think this guy will play great D when we need it. Lol We need someone to share fouls with Hall! Looks like Woolridge and Maymon will see a lot of pt.!
I (almost) wish we could just skip football.

TennVol01 writes:

A lot folks on here are quick with negative comments. What happened to fan support? After the Pearl debacle we are fortunate to have what we have. No one ever talks about how Pearl killed basketball at UT, they only trash a new coach who has accepted a job at a school who is under NCAA investigation and potential loss of scholarships.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Just like Gator footballers running to their local drug dealer!!!

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to reg_mza#219136:

6'9" and 230 is kinda slim...that's like Swiper Boy's weight and he's proven to be too slim to work it inside. However, if Dane can do it at 3 inches shorter and about 15-20 lbs lighter, then anything is possible....only time will tell.

Difference is, Bradshaw wanted to work it in...Swiper only wants to rap and could care less about roundball.

westknoxrepub writes:

Well it's a big man, but next years class cannot echo the calibur of player from this years class, hopefully Pearl's leftovers can get us into the tournament, otherwise the season will be a failure.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Tennessee is still obviously relevant or you wouldn't be trolling 24/7

johnlg00 writes:

in response to reg_mza#219136:

6'9" and 230 is kinda slim...that's like Swiper Boy's weight and he's proven to be too slim to work it inside. However, if Dane can do it at 3 inches shorter and about 15-20 lbs lighter, then anything is possible....only time will tell.

The guy seems like a bit of a "project" to me, but he will probably be thrown into the fire right away. At least he will be another five fouls to use on defense and a few minutes rest for Hall and Maymon. I'm not as concerned about his size as long as he is willing to battle. IMHO, that is my take on Woolridge's lack of productivity inside--he doesn't like to battle in the paint; he would rather heave up 3-pointers.

VOL1972 writes:

I've made this point before, but I think everyone seems to forget that Hall, Maymon, Tatum, McRae, Woolridge and Golden were all 4 star recruits out of high school. That is a pretty strong starting five (with a 6th man) -- nothing like what Martin inherited at Mo. State. (or what Pearl had when he arrived in Knoxville).

Given what CMM did at Mo. State, you would have to think he can coach -- that's why he was hired.

Clearly what we need for next season is an effective point guard and a big man who can hit his FT's. That is what CMM looks like he is going after -- given the available talent out there.

I don't think it is unrealistic to expect a 20+ win season and, unless the NCAA rules otherwise, to make it to the NCAA tourney in 2012.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Let's hope he is as good as those former legendary UT big men named Major Wingate, John Snodgrass, Kevin Nash, and Brian Williams.

To the complainers, the 4 and 5 star guys were already signed (and not by Bruce Pearl). Coach Martin has signed 4 guys who will work hard and do the things necessary to contribute over their college careers. It's called building your foundation.

UK's Harrelson road the pine for three years before becoming a factor this year.

You'll need to be patient. Bruce Pearl left this program in shambles.

freevol writes:

coach martin is bigger than all our players im thinking hes probaly a ot more intimidating than bp.hopefully his intensity well =wins.

VolzsFan writes:

Every program needs practice players. At the very least, this is a big body that will get even bigger and will be good practice fodder. At most he develops as many do and he helps them on the court. Either way, very good sign here. Of course beating the top programs for players is now a thing of the past for all of Tennesseessee'ss sports programs. End of the greatest sports era in Tenn history.

VOLsince68 writes:

in response to utallvol:

OK State

Oh yeah, then OK State.......

GO VOLS!!!!!

pupvol writes:

all four players Martin has recruited have five stars total!In the words of Jed Clampett-pitiful!

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