April 28, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming men's basketball program took a big step forward on Thursday morning, as head coach Larry Shyatt announced that highly-ranked national recruit Lekan Ajayi had signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cowboys beginning in the fall of 2011.
"Lekan (Ajayi) was a player we had an opportunity to recruit during this past year at the University of Florida," Shyatt said. "As soon as I came to Wyoming and knew Lekan was still available, I felt he was someone who could make a major impact for our program for years to come. I've always been impressed with his motor, his ability to run the floor and his rebounding ability. We couldn't be more delighted to have him become a part of our Wyoming family.
"He's a young man who is committed to becoming a very good basketball player. He is also committed to continue being the best he can be in the classroom.
"In terms of his skills, he is a work in progress offensively, but he will be an instant presence as a defender, rebounder and shot blocker. He fits our style of play, because I feel he is a far better player in an uptempo game. Lekan provides us the inside presence we need for the future."
Lekan Ajayi (pronounced Loo-KAHN, AHH-jee) stands 6' 11" and weighs 235 pounds. ESPN's Scouts Grade on Ajayi was 89 points out of a possible 100 points. ESPN also rated him a three-star recruit and ranked him as the No. 24 center in the country. He also took recruiting visits to Auburn, Wake Forest, Tennessee and Seton Hall.
A native of Lagos, Nigeria, he played his prep basketball at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. His head coach was Isaac Pitts.
As a senior this past season, Ajayi averaged 9.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He helped lead Quality Education Academy to a 26-4 overall record and to the Division I National Christian Schools Athletic Association National Championship. Ajayi pulled down 24 rebounds in the national championship game. Quality Education Academy was the 25th ranked team in the country by MaxPreps.com this past season.