A skilled post player with size, Joseph Uchebo (pronounced Ooh-Chee-Bow) enters his junior season with much promise. Last year, Uchebo saw action in only nine games and 23 minutes while recovering from a knee injury suffered two years ago in junior college. Over the summer, Uchebo has proven to be one of Pitt's most intriguing players after he averaged 7.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in Pitt's four-game Bahamas Foreign Tour and displayed the same production in Summer League play. In addition, Uchebo dropped 20 pounds and improved his mobility. Uchebo is a pure rebounder with good hands who has natural athletic ability and excels with more skill and size than most at his position. He is a big and physical kid who loves to mix it up down low and is a productive rebounder despite not being an above the rim guy. He knows how to carve out space and has excellent hands which routinely allow him to pull in double figure rebounds. An active post player, Uchebo loves contact and is a load in the low blocks. He is aggressive rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor. With his athleticism, raw talent and surprising skill, his potential is higher than most at his position.
Saw action in nine games and 23 minutes on the year...ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient...Averaged 0.4 points and 0.8 rebounds on the year...Finished with two points and one rebound vs. Colorado in NCAA Tournament, 3/20...Scored first career points (two) and grabbed two rebounds vs. Wake Forest, 1/11.
2011-13 AT CHIPOLA JUNIOR COLLEGE
Spent two seasons at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., where he played for head coaches Jake Headrick (first year) and Pat Blake...Earned medical redshirt for the 2012-13 season after suffering a micro fracture knee injury...Was averaging 16 points and 14 rebounds before the injury...Earned First Team All-Panhandle Conference team honors as a freshman in 2011-12...Averaged 12.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, shot 57 percent (110-193) and finished with 21 blocks (0.8 bpg) while leading Chipola to a 23-6 overall and record and 7-5 record in Panhandle Conference play...Led the FCSAA in rebounding (12.3 rpg), ranked second in field goal percentage (57.0) and 26th in scoring...Chipola was ranked No. 5 in the FCJAA final poll...Rated the nation's No. 21 junior college prospect by JUCOJunction.
A 2011 graduate of Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C., where he played his senior year for Erasto Hatchett...Helped lead the Word of God Rams to a 23-3 record as a senior in 2010-11...Also attended his junior season at Oak Ridge Military Academy in Tenn....Played on the Chris Paul AAU All-Star Team...Helped guide the Chris Paul All-Stars to the Tournament of Champions quarterfinal round...Averaged 16 points per game at the NBPA Top-100 Camp...Consensus four-star recruit...Ranked among the nation's top-10 centers and the No. 76 recruit by Scout.com as a high school senior...Ranked the No. 81 recruit by ESPN.com...Rated the nation's No. 97 player by MaxPreps...Ranked the No. 92 prospect by Rivals.com.
Born Onyekachi Uchebo on June 10, 1992 in Nigeria...Guardian is Catherine Uchebo...Has a brother Michael Okechekwu Uchebo who plays soccer in Belgium (Cercle Brugge) and on the Nigerian National Team...Michael played for Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup...Native of the Igbo tribe in Southeastern Nigeria...Played soccer growing up...Was discovered while playing soccer and encouraged to attend a basketball camp put on by Ejike Ugboaja, a Nigerian native who was selected in the 2006 NBA Draft Second Round by Cleveland and played on the Nigerian National Team...Played on the same Word of God Academy team as fellow Pitt signee Josh Newkirk...Also considered Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee, Nebraska, Louisville and Charlotte in the recent recruiting process...Considered Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina State, St. John's, Florida State and Wake Forest as a high school senior...Social sciences major.
JOSEPH UCHEBO FEATURE STORIES
Double-double performer Joseph Uchebo picks Pitt, May 6, 2013, Kellon Hassenstab, HoopNiks.com
Recruiting Notebook: Joe Uchebo to go JuCo, May 18, 2011, CBSSports.com
Uchebo Understands His Role, Dec. 31, 2010, Javier Serna, Newsobserver.com
Joseph Uchebo: The Story Behind the Story, June 15, 2010, Lou Pascucci, PackInsider.com
Word of God Academy (N.C.)
Chipola J.C. (Fla.)
Height / Weight:
6-10 / 245