After weighing a handful of Division II scholarship offers and gauging other Division I interest, DuVal senior Charles Ekeanyanwu has decided to join the Towson University men’s basketball team next season as a recruited walk-on.
Ekeanyanwu, a three-year varsity starter, boosted his recruiting stock with a strong senior season, averaging 16.5 points per game for the 18-win Tigers. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard’s list of Division II suitors included Barton College and Goldey-Beacom College, but he had his mind set on playing at the highest level possible.
Interest from Division I schools such as Mount St. Mary’s, Radford and Hartford had not yet produced a firm scholarship offer, leading Ekeanyanwu to call Skerry earlier this week and accept the walk-on spot.
“I know as long as I work hard anything’s possible,” said Ekeanyanwu, an honorable mention All-Met pick. “I just want to work hard and earn some playing time next year, maybe get on scholarship by the following year.”
While Ekeanyanwu examined his basketball opportunities, he had also followed the regular process to apply to Towson, University of Maryland and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
With a 3.6 cumulative grade point average and strong test scores, the guard was accepted to all three schools. He said he plans to study accounting at Towson, which he visited for a football game in the fall with teammates Michael Cunningham and Edward Polite.
Towson signed three out-of-state players to national letters-of-intent in November and had no more scholarships to give out for the Class of 2013, according to DuVal Coach Lafayette Dublin. The first-year coach said he believes the arrangement offers the right fit for both parties.
“I think he’s a late bloomer,” said Dublin, a former Towson player. “He hasn’t reached his potential yet. It’s obvious he has a lot of upside.”
Dublin said Ekeanyanwu helped his cause with a strong showing during an open gym attended by several college coaches, including Skerry, last month.
Ekeanyanwu said he wasn’t ready to completely close the book on his recruitment, adding he would listen if one of the Division I schools that has been in contact with him came through with a late scholarship offer.
The regular signing period for basketball began on Wednesday and ends on May 15. The next two weekends are the final designated evaluation periods before the period closes.
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