Lute Olsen on Negedu: ‘Lack of coachability’


image courtesy Brewster Academy

Lute Olsen has really let loose on Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ), the biggest available player who’s visting Indiana, Memphis, Tennesee and Georgia Tech this week.

Lute has offered some statements that most coaches of his stature would never say about Negedu and why he was perfectly fine with giving the highly ranked prospect his LOI:

“It was not hard. There were some things that came out about his coachability – or his lack of coachability. It was a very easy release,” Olson said.
Negedu, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, asked out after meeting with Olson last month.

Arizona granted his release a couple of days later, allowing Negedu, rated the nation’s 40th-best player by Rivals.com, to play for another school in the 2008-09 season.
“I wanted him to have to sweat a little bit to understand that you make a commitment, you should be a person of your word. But in the end, there was no way in the world I would have had him here,” Olson said.

“Just some things had come out from all-star situations and such. The word was, you better hope you don’t have to deal with them.”

Negedu was interviewed by WREG-TV in Memphis in the airport and he was a lot more politically correct than Coach Olsen. He is careful not to tip his hand, but he says that he likes to bang in the paint and play an up tempo game. He also says he will likely make a decision sometime next week.

However, on a side note, Olsen addresses the rumor that Brandon Jennings, our #1 ranked player for 2008, had not qualified:

“He’s been admitted here. If there were anything, it would be from a test standpoint, but everything else is fine.”

C.J. Harris gets an offer from Wake Forest

C.J. Harris (6’2″, SG, 2009) has gotten an offer from hometown Wake Forest, according to Rivals.com. Harris is a good, solid player who plays a lot of PG during his AAU stints with the CP3 All-Stars.

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