TCU Men's Basketball Signs Ibikunle
April 24, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head coach Neil Dougherty announced today that the Horned Frog men's basketball program has signed 6-9, 250-pound center Femi Ibikunle from The New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H. Ibikunle averaged 11.4 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game this past season.
"He's a tough, physical rebounder who knows how to play the game," New Hampton head coach Jamie Arsenault said. "I like his enthusiasm and his hustle. He just has a great work ethic. If you need somebody to play defense and rebound, he's your guy. Femi has so much potential, and he has a chance to be a double-double guy (10 points and 10 rebounds per game) during his career at TCU."
After showcasing his abilities in the 2002 War on the Shore Tournament in Milford, Del., the native of Lagos, Nigeria, leaped onto the radar screens of numerous Division I programs. In December, Bob Gibbons' All-Star Report rated Ibikunle as the No. 4 unsigned big man in the nation.
"What makes Femi special is that he does all the right things," Arsenault said. "He chose TCU because it was the right fit for him. He liked the small school, the quality of education, the coaches and the players."
Ibikunle, whose given first name is Oluwafemi, came to the United States in the summer of 2002. He selected TCU over Marquette, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
Pronunciation: Femi Ibikunle (FEH-mee ee-bee-COON-lay)