May 19, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick has announced the signing of Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Leandra King to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season. The pair looks to bring good size to the Thundering Herd roster and will make immediate impacts down low due to the graduation of four-year starter Tynikki Crook.
Ezeigbo joins the Thundering Herd from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., where she also shined in track and field. At 6-3 Ezeigbo won the high jump at the NJSIAA Parochial A State Championship during her sophomore season.
"Chukwuka is an outstanding athlete, who will remind fans of a former Herd player Modupe Ishola," Chadwick said. "She has a tremendous upside as she has all the tools to be a superstar."
The forward averaged 15.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game with the Irish.
King comes to Huntington from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., where she spent two seasons with the Saints. King's 6-2 frame helped her to earn National Junior College Athletic Association All-American third team honors in her sophomore season, averaging 8.4 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game and 2.6 blocks per game.
"Leandra is a tenacious player. She is a rebounding machine and set the shot block record at Santa Fe," Chadwick said. "She is a great defender, possess a true inside presence and will bring incredible toughness to our team."
The New Carrolton, Md. native, earned a spot on the NJCAA All-Star game during her freshman season, averaging 4.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, to go along with a team-high 50 blocks.