6-7 Amanze Ngumezi of Savannah released his top seven schools Thursday night and Clemson was on his list. The Tigers are joined by Tennessee, UAB, Georgia, Temple, Wichita State and Virginia Tech. Clemson was one of the first schools to offer Ngumezi, and was the first ACC school to do so, and he’s repaying the Tigers for their interest by keeping them in the hunt.
“They showed interest in me before all the other schools, and loyalty is a big thing to me,” Ngumezi said. “They were very loyal to me and I liked how they offered me first. They saw the talent in me before everybody else did and I felt it would be wrong if I didn’t put them in my top seven.”
Last season Ngumezi averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. He said Clemson coach Brad Brownell likes his versatility and feels he can blossom in his program.
“Coach told me his coaching style can put me in the NBA and get me to the next level and we can win a lot of games there because the way the offense is run my versatility can really help the offense,” he said. “Just the way I can play inside and out. From what he’s told me, I’m an NBA player, I just need the right coaching and he’s telling me he’s the coach that can do that. And he told me that before I blew up in July. That let me know that he really saw something in me early.”
Ngumezi said he hears from Brownell weekly and also hears from assistant coach Steve Smith.
He has set official visits to Georgia September 1st, Tennessee September 8th and Wichita State September 22nd. He said he’s pretty sure he’ll set an official visit with Clemson and he does not have a favorite. He has not decided if he will sign in November.