Today, Coach Marty Wilson announced the official signing of Amadi Udenyi, a 6’0″ guard out of St Thomas More Prep in Oakdale, Connecticut. This late season 2013 recruit will add depth to the depleted Waves roster.
There is not a lot to be found on Udenyi. ESPN has him as a 2 star prospect, and has this scouting report on Udenyi:
"Strengths:Udenyi is a bulldog guard with a powerful build, especially in his upper body, and a good motor. He’s a very good on-the-ball defender, who has a knack for being physical without fouling. Offensively, he’s dangerous attacking off his dribble with a quick first step and the compact and strong frame necessary to absorb contact on his way to the rim. He’s capable of playing either guard position and can make open shots from the perimeter.Weaknesses:Shot selection is one of his biggest problems right now, and makes him somewhat unpredictable when asked to run the point. He’s capable of making open shots from the perimeter, but because he takes too many difficult ones, he shoots a lower percentage as a result. He also lacks ideal size to play off the ball.Bottom Line:His best value at the next level will be as a defensive stopper and energy role player. He’ll provide flashes of offense but will need to learn to play within himself on that end of the floor."
Udenyi was a former Hofstra commit, but re-opened his recruitment once there was a coaching change. Pepperdine became the new suitors for Udenyi’s service after the fact. One of Udenyi’s high schools teammates at St. Thomas More Gabe Levin, who was also a former Hofstra commit, is signed with Loyola Marymount. This means that Udenyi and Levin will face off as inter-conference rivals for the next four years, after being teammates in the past.
This is a much needed pickup after Jan Maehlen, Manny Ochenje, and Jordan Baker all leaving the University. Kudos to Marty Wilson and his staff for landing this kid.