Dayton picks up commitment from recruit who will enroll at school in January

Zimife Nwokeji, right, sits behind the Dayton bench on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at UD Arena.
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Zimife Nwokeji, right, sits behind the Dayton bench on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at UD Arena.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Zimife Nwokeji picks Flyers after reopening his recruitment in November

Zimife Nwokeji announced his commitment to the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program on Sunday, one day after he sat behind the bench as the Flyers beat Drake 78-47 at UD Arena.

“Blessed to announce that I have signed and will be enrolling at University of Dayton in January!” Nwokeji wrote on Twitter. “Excited to begin the next chapter of my academic and athletic career!”

Nwokeji, a 6-foot-7 forward at SPIRE Institute, committed to Florida State in February 2018 but reopened his recruitment in November. He ranks 215th in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.com.

Nwokeji attended Maclay School in Tallahassee, Fla., before transferring to The Rock Academy in Gainesville, Fla., for his senior year. He planned to spend a post-graduate year at SPIRE in Geneva, Ohio, but will leave the school to start his college career. He will be on campus starting in the second semester in January but won’t play for the Flyers until the 2020-21 season.

Boston College and Texas A&M were among the other schools recruiting him since he decommitted from Florida State. Dayton started showing interest in Nwokeji soon after he reopened his recruitment and visited him at SPIRE on Dec. 10, according to a report by Jake Weingarten, of Stockrisers.com. Dayton head coach Anthony Grant and assistant coach Anthony Solomon were at Spire the previous week, according to a Twitter post by Spire Academy Director Justin Brantley.

Nwokeji fills one of two scholarships left open in the 2019-20 season. One will remain open this season, and two more will open when Ryan Mikesell and Trey Landers close their careers this season. Three players who signed in November will fill the three open spots: Lukas Frazier, Koby Brea and R.J. Blakney. Dayton could also see another spot open if Obi Toppin enters the NBA Draft.

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