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Coffeyville big man signs with Wichita State

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:53 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 9:46 p.m.

Wichita State added another big man to its basketball roster. Coffeyville Community College center Chadrack Lufile signed a letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon.

Lufile (6-foot-9, 260 pounds) averaged 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds for Coffeyville as a sophomore. He was named to the All-Jayhawk Conference second team and the All-Region VI second team. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Coffeyville went 28-4 and won the Jayhawk East.

“He is a hard worker,” Coffeyville coach Jay Herkelman said. “He can really run. He will be a good defender in the low-post area, but he can also move his feet.”

Lufile made 59.1 percent of his shots, but 63 of 146 (43.2 percent) of his free throws. Herkelman said he scores on jump hooks and can make jump shots up to 15 feet from the basket.

“He’s a good offensive player,” Herkelman said. “He can finish in transition. He can score a number of different ways, and he’s going to be even better.”

Lufile adds depth to a position that is uncertain for the Shockers. WSU is seeking a waiver from the NCAA to get Hall, the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year, a sixth year of eligibility. If Hall returns, Lufile and junior center Ehimen Orukpe will give the Shockers options in the lane. If Hall’s appeal is denied, WSU will need Lufile to help replace Hall’s production.

Herkelman said Oklahoma State, Georgetown, Mississipi State, Southern Mississippi and Nebraska also recruited Lufile, who is from Burlington, Ontario. He spent time at Chipola (Fla.) College and Vincennes (Ind.) University before ending up at Coffeyville. At Vincennes, he became friends with wing Nick Wiggins, from Toronto, who signed with WSU earlier this month.

Lufile announced his non-binding commitment on Twitter.

Lufile and Nick Wiggins, from Wabash Valley (Ill.) College, join five players who signed in the fall: Forward Cleanthony Early, a 6-foot-8 forward, from Sullivan County (N.Y.) Community College.; Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar forward Teddy Hawkins; Rockford (Ill.) Auburn guard Fred Van Vleet; Houston Klein Forest forward Derail Green and center Henry Uwadiae of Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, N.C.

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