Yemi Makanjuola enrolls at UNC Wilmington

Yemi Makanjuola

Yemi Makanjuola

Former Tennessee center Yemi Makanjuola has enrolled at UNC Wilmington, where he will play out his final two years of eligibility.

Makanjuola spent two seasons with the Vols, averaging 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.0 minutes over a 57-game career.

He was granted a release from his scholarship to transfer from UT on April 20.

Makanjuola, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 1.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 29 appearances as a sophomore last season.

UNC Wilmington is coached by former UT coach Buzz Peterson. Houston Fancher, who worked as director of basketball operations for current UT coach Cuonzo Martin last year, joined Peterson’s staff as an assistant coach on April 23.

Makanjuola’s departure from UT coincided with an order of protection being obtained against him by an 18-year-old nursing student.

The UT student claimed Makanjuola held her down and attempted to have sex with her on Feb. 15. The woman was granted a temporary order of protection on Feb. 19, according to Knox County Fourth Circuit Court documents.

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Comments » 9

CoverOrange writes:

It's a small world after all.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say him and Houston can carpool together!
Bones never lie.

eb502us#225637 writes:

Guess he forgot to do his due diligence on the head coach,

Then again, poor decisions seem to have led to his transfer in the first place.

stoney writes:

We all make mistakes. Wish him luck.

knoxknothead writes:

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if he did what the girl said than he got off light

CoverOrange writes:

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Maybe. If that were the case he could have told the girl "wait till after I'm drafted, it'll be worth your while." A scenario that has played out once before. As it is, best to get him out of town, and yes, this does hurt the BB team.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Knowing our penchant for playing low and mid majors in non-conference play, it may be safe to say that we'll be seeing Yemi again.

brod writes:

maybe buzz can develop him more than he did major wingate. if want to know how good of a coach bruce pearl was, look at major wingate.

johnlg00 writes:

Yemi had his moments. A big kid with as little basketball background as he has probably doubles his knowledge and capabilities every year. He might be a heck of a player for somebody in a couple of years. The scholarship freed up might seem to be wasted, since the guy that got it didn't have any better stats in JC than Yemi had with the Vols. But who knows, this guy Ndiaye might develop. Not sure either he or Yemi would have had much impact next season, though.

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