JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 25, 2015) – ETSU head men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes announced Thursday that the Buccaneers have added junior college transfer Abednego “Bennie” Lufile (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) to the team’s 2015-16 recruiting class.
Lufile, a 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward, played the past two seasons at Sheridan College located in Sheridan, Wyo., after having played previously at REDA Academy back in his home of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Coming out of REDA Academy, Lufile was rated as the 16th-best player in Canada after averaging 27 points and 12 rebounds during his final prep season.
“The signing of Abednego fills a tremendous need in our front court,” said Forbes, who also coached Lufile’s brother Chadrack while at Wichita State. “He will provide us with a unique skill set for someone with his size and strength. I love his versatility and passion for the game. Like his brother C.J., he is a team player and is committed to winning.”
Last season at Sheridan, Lufile averaged 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, shooting 58 percent from the floor while playing in 30 games and starting in 22 contests. During his freshman season, Lufile played in 32 games and averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest, which included a season-high 23-point effort against Little Big Horn College.
Lufile said his decision to come to ETSU was based mainly on relationships.
"Coach Forbes coached my brother at Wichita State and really got close with my family,” Lufile said. “I trust him and when he offered a chance to come to ETSU I knew it would be a good fit for me and my family. He told me about the guys we’ve got coming in and the guys that are coming back and we believe we have a chance to compete for a conference title and NCAA Tournament.
“The real key though was the relationship with Coach Forbes, and I’m really comfortable with my decision to play at ETSU.”
Lufile joins Cincinnati transfer Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.) , Indiana transfer center Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan) and forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Columbia), as well as junior college transfers T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) and Nigel Holley (Wilmington, N.C.), and prep signee Shemar Johnson (Columbus, Miss.) as members of the Buccaneers’ 2015-16 recruiting class.
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