It's impossible to overstate the value of 6-9 Uchebo, the Oak Ridge Military big man who's reclassifying from 2012 into 2011 and has committed to N.C. State.
At the Tournament of Champions, Uchebo demonstrated remarkable ball-handling ability and a toughness that may make him one of the top big men in his class. Along with Richard Howell, he should make the Wolfpack strong up front in 2011-12 and 2012-13 even if C.J. Leslie does stay only one season.
If everything goes according to plan, basketball recruit Joseph Uchebo will get N.C. State one year sooner than expected.
Uchebo, a 6-9 power forward from Nigeria, is going to reclassify as a senior and graduate in 2011, his high school coach said Friday before Uchebo played in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill.