Kyle Smith picked up his first commitment in the 2020 class today when Nigerian big man Efe Abogidi announced his plans to play for the Washington State Cougars. The news was first reported in the afternoon by Jonathan Givony.
Excited to verbally announce my commitment to Washington State University. A huge thanks to the nbaacademy family and everyone who has helped me on reaching this point. #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/CnMLMkBiOj— Efe Abogidi (@EAbogidi) October 23, 2019
Givony calls Abogidi, who is 6-foot-10, a “freakishky athletic big man” and notes that he has a 7-foot-4 wingspan. If you’re wondering just how athletic Abogidi is, well, here’s a two-year-old video from the NBA Academy:
It’s not a stretch to say that Abogidi would likely be the most athletic big man to ever play at WSU. He’s 18, and he’s been developing at the NBA Global Academy in Australia. Beyond that, it’s very difficult to find any more information on Abogidi, who at one time went by the last name Tennyson. He was invited to the NBA Africa Academy in Senegal back in 2017, which eventually led him to the Global Academy.
Givony referenced some injury issues, although we’re not sure what those are. A source close to the WSU basketball program said, “gotta stay healthy,” which is probably as good a reason as any that the Cougs were able to land someone with such clear athletic upside. The risk is definitely worth it for WSU, which is constantly fighting an uphill battle in terms of athleticism with its Pac-12 peers.
WSU has three scholarships left to give in the 2020 class, pending any departures at the end of this season: