SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara head men's basketball coach Kerry Keating announced two additional signees for the 2013 Bronco signing class on Wed., May 22, 2013. The new members of the 2013 Santa Clara class are Emmanuel Ndumanya (Enugu, Nigeria) and Fresno State graduate Jerry Brown (Richmond, Calif.). The class already includes Jared Brownridge (Rockford, Ill.), Jarvis Pugh (Murphy, Texas) and Jalen Richard (San Tan Valley, Ariz).
"Obviously with what we are preparing to replace at the guard positions with this class, there is a high bar set," said Keating. "The coaching staff is excited and confident with this group, joining the returning players to carry our program into the future."
The 2013 Bronco class includes:
Name Position Height Hometown/High School
Signed in May, 2013
Emmanuel Ndumanya F 6-10 Enugu, Nigeria (Junipero Serra HS – Gardena, Calif.)
Jerry Brown F 6-7 Richmond, Calif. (Sacred Heart/Fresno State)
Signed in Nov., 2012
Jared Brownridge G 6-1 Rockford, Ill./(Waubonsie Valley)
Jarvis Pugh W 6-5 Murphy, Texas/(Plano East)
Jalen Richard G 6-3 San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte)
6-10 senior forward from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. … During his career at Junipero Serra he averaged 8 ppg, 10 rpg and 5.6 bpg … Played for head coach Dwan Hurt … Team finished as the runner-up in the Division IV Southern Regional … Won the Coaches Award in 2012 … 2013 Defensive Player of the Year … Played three years of varsity basketball … On the honor roll twice … Native of Nigeria ... Has six brothers and sisters … Parents are the late Edwin ikechukwu Ndumanya and Susan Nwaakaego Ndumanya.
"We are happy to be adding Emmanuel to Santa Clara basketball family," said Keating. "Obviously he possess a great deal of size, but it's his willingness to learn and improve each and every day is really what is exciting. He has only played basketball for a short amount of time and his best basketball is ahead of him. We are excited he will be here at Santa Clara."
"I chose Santa Clara University because it is a sound Catholic institution," said Ndumanya. "I am also interested in International Business and I was impressed with the Department chair."
6-7 forward who went to Sacred Heart High School in the Bay Area before playing college basketball for three years at Fresno State University … Enrolled in the new one-year entrapurship master's program at SCU … In 2012-13 he averaged 22.7 mpg, scoring 5.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg … Named Fresno State's 2013 Defender of the Year … Graduated with a degree in Communication in May of 2013 … In 2011-12 he appeared in all 33 games, starting 29; averaged 8.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 30.5 mpg ... Also recorded 31 assists, 27 blocks and 35 steals … redshirted in 2010-11 … In 2009-10, he appeared in 31 of the team's 33 games ... Averaged 2.9 ppg and 1.6 rpg ... Played at least 10 minutes in 16 games with an average of 16 mpg over the final 12 games … During his senior season at Sacred Heart Cathedral, he averaged 16 ppg and eight rpg ... As team captain, led team to Division III state championship with 29-4 record ... named Cal-Hi Sports State (3x), All-WCAL (3x), and All-WCAL Co-MVP (as a senior) ... Selected to 2006 Adidas Superstar Camp All Star Game and Adidas National Team … Has three sisters and two brothers … Learned sign language in high school and has kept up with it in college.
"As a recent college graduate, Jerry gives us much needed experience and size, especially on the defensive side of the ball," said Keating. "Obviously he has made a huge decision in his life to pursue a master's degree here at Santa Clara while using his last year of eligibility. He will enroll in our new one-year Entrepreneur master's program. It only speaks volumes to Jerry's character and discipline to take on such a task."
"I chose Santa Clara because it was a school that can offer me a lot in regards to their style of play, location and it is a great academic institution," said Brown. "My family can watch me play without traveling. I feel like I have a great support system in the Bay Area. The master's program is one year. It is really going to push me academically, but it's what I signed up for and I am very excited to be able to get my master's."