Negedu (pronounced: nuh-GAY-doo)
2009-10 (Inactive - Medical)
Was inactive during the 2009-10 season after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (9/28/09) and having a sub-pectoral internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest (10/6/09) ... Remained on full scholarship, attended practices and traveled with the team.
Named to the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll ... True freshman saw action in 33 of UT's 34 games, providing depth in the post ... Brought great intensity to the floor while displaying a knack for defense and shot-blocking ... Shot 80 percent from the free-throw line (28-35) ... Ranked sixth among all SEC freshmen in free-throw percentage ... Had just one more field-goal attempt (36) than free-throw attempts (35) ... Averaged 7.2 minutes, 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game ... Recorded three points, three rebounds and one assist before fouling out vs. Chattanooga (11/15/08) in his collegiate debut ... Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds in the win over UT Martin (11/18/08) ... Tallied six rebounds, five points, one steal and one block in UT's victory over Georgetown in the Old Spice Classic semifinals (11/28/08) ... Reeled off a season-high 11 points in 15 minutes against LSU (1/28/09) while sinking his lone 3-point attempt and going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line ... Finished the season strong with a six-point, three-rebound performance in only six minutes of action against Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament (3/20/09).
Rated as the No. 40 player overall and the No. 13 power forward in the Class of 2008 by Rivals.com ... Rated the No. 2 player in New England by the New England Recruiting Report ... 2008 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year ... Averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and almost four blocks per game as a senior for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. ... Led the Bobcats to a 31-4 record including the NEPSAC Class A title and a trip to the semifinals of the National Prep Championships ... Invited to the 2008 adidas Derby Classic ... McDonald's All-America nominee ... Most Valuable Player of the 2007 MCI Invitational ... MVP of the 2006 Real Deal on the Hill ... A member of the Nigerian Junior National Team where he participated in the 2005 World Championships ... 2004 Basketball Without Borders All Star Selection ... Averaged 16.1 points per game as a junior ... Did not begin playing organized basketball until he was 15 years old ... Coached by Jason Smith at Brewster Academy.
Born Oct. 23, 1988 in Kaduna, Nigeria ... Full name: Emmanuel Negedu ... Academic major: Arts & sciences ... Host parents in the U.S. are Frank and Alison Quirk ... Recipient of the Randall Keith Nutt Athletic Scholarship Endowment.