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Wenbos Mukubu Becomes UA’s Fifth Hoops Signee

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Wenbos Mukubu Becomes UA’s Fifth Hoops Signee
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After signing four basketball players on Wednesday’s first day of the early signing period, head coach Nolan Richardson added a fifth on Thursday as Wenbos Mukubu joined the Razorback’ recruiting class.

Mukubu is a 6-5, 220-pound guard/forward from Miami, Fla. He averaged 22.8 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior at Miami Beach High School. He played in only eight games due to an injury, but Richardson saw enough of him during the summer when he played on the Coast to Coast AAU team.

“He just blows my mind,” Richardson said. “He has exceptional athletic ability. He high jumps 7-2 and plans to high jump on the track team here. This is only his fourth year to play basketball, but we’re happy to get him. He’s a big guard, small forward type player and he’s the most athletic of the group we’ve signed.”

Mukubu, who has a 41-inch vertical jump, holds the Florida state high school high jump record at 7-1. He is also a standout prep defensive end and was being recruited in football by Florida, Florida State, Miami, Arkansas and North Carolina, but has said he will not play football in college.

Mukubu joins Smackover’s Jonathan Modica, a 6-4, 185-pound guard/forward; Andre Iguodala, a 6-6, 190-pound guard/forward of Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill.; and Rashard Sullivan, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, and Brandon Tobias, a 6-7, 212-pound forward, both from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as the newest Razorbacks.

Playing with Sullivan and Tobias on the Coast to Coast AAU squad during the summer, Mukubu averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.

Modica, Iguodala and Sullivan are all listed as high honorable mention All-Americans in Street & Smith’s while Modica is listed in the Bob Gibbons’ All-Star Report as the 25th-best prospect in the nation. Iguodala and Sullivan are also Nike All-Americans. Modica averaged 33.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals as a junior while Iguodala averaged 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds, Sullivan 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds at Norland High before transferring to St. Thomas Aquinas this year, and Tobias 17.0 points and 12.0 rebounds during the summer for Coast to Coast.

Arkansas’ 2001-02 Recruiting Class
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Note
Andre Iguodala G/F 6-6 190 Lanphier (Springfield, Ill.) HS

Chose UA over Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Illinois
Jonathan Modica G/F 6-4 185 Smackover (HS), Ark.

Bob Gibbons’ – 25th-best prospect in nation
Wenbos Mukubu G/F 6-5 220 Miami Beach (Miami, Fla.) HS

Richardson – “most athletic of the group”
Rashard Sullivan F 6-9 220 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) HS

Nike All-American; 15 ppg, 12 rpg as Jr.
Brandon Tobias F 6-7 212 Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) HS

Two HS state titles, 17 ppg, 12 rpg in AAU



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