32 Amanze Egekeze
32 Amanze Egekeze
Height: 6-8
Weight: 215
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Position: F
Last School: Huntley HS
Experience: HS

Prior to Belmont: Four-year letterwinner at Huntley High School for head coach Marty Manning ... Emerged as one of the top prep players in northwest Chicago ... Named Northwest Herald and Elgin Courier-News Player of the Year ... Two-time Illinois All-State Honorable Mention ... Three-time All-Area and All-Conference ... Became first player in league Fox Valley league history to lead school to four consecutive conference championships ... Led Huntley to most victories in school history ... Overall record of 89-26 in four seasons ... 1,115 career points ... All-time leader in blocked shots ... Averaged 18.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior ... Led team in points, rebounds, and blocked shots ... Team captain ... Averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game as a junior ... Played AAU basketball for Illinois Wolves coached by Mike Mullins.

Personal: Majoring in Business Administration ... Son of Gilbert and Lize Egekeze ... Born Amanze Ikenna Egekeze on December 3, 1995 ... Has three siblings, Kemdi, Ogechi, and Uchenna ... Cousin Ndu, played basketball at Penn State (2000-04); part of 2001 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team ... Several former teammates playing collegiately, including Kendall Stephens (Purdue), Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Malek Harris (Kansas State), Ore Arogundade (Drake) ... Lists Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Adrian Peterson as favorite athletes ... Pronounced uh-MAHN-zay egg-uh-KAY-zay.

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