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TONYE JEKIRI RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tonye Jekiri explains how Hurricanes found their NIT fastball

CORAL GABLES – Tonye Jekiri left the locker room after halftime, feeling in every one of the bones comprising his 7-foot, 245-pound body that his team was winning this thing. It was only a matter of time. It didn’t matter they scored 18 points in the first half, were down by 12, and were about to be pelted with jeers and chants from nearly all 6,126 fans in Richmond’s venomous...
Via Canes Watch
17 hours ago

Miami Advances To NIT Quarterfinals With 73-66 Win Over Alabama

By Austin Sapin With 8:23 left in the second half, Miami center Tonye Jekiri jacked up a three-point attempt from the top of the key. It was the first attempt of his career and after the ball seemed to touch every part of the rim, it fell in. It was just that kind of day for the Miami Hurricanes. Besides Jekiri’s first career three-pointer, many things went right for the Canes...
Via CaneInsider
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tonye Jekiri named to All-ACC defensive team

CORAL GABLES — It has been five years since an American basketball coach pulled Tonye Jekiri away from a soccer field in Nigeria and tried to focus his considerable potential toward hoops. Despite his inexperience, Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga expected a lot from Jekiri, his starting center. He said before Jekiri’s sophomore season he thought the Port Harcourt, Nigeria native...
Via Canes Watch
16 days ago

Miami Officials Respond To Rick Pitino’s Criticism, Say That Tonye Jekiri Was Cleared By Louisville Doctors

One of the strangest plays of the college basketball weekend came when Louisville star forward Montrezl Harrell pegged Miami center Tonye Jekiri in the face with a ball. Harrell was given a flagrant foul for the play, but the situation got even uglier after the game. Miami trainers believed that Jekiri was concussed on the play, but he was allowed to return to the game, leading...
Via College Spun
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

'Canes: Louisville doctor cleared Tonye Jekiri to play after hit in face

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Upset by the notion that they would use a concussed player, Miami officials said Monday that Tonye Jekiri returned to the Hurricanes' game against Louisville over the weekend only after being cleared by a Cardinals team doctor. Jekiri was shaken up after Louisville's Montrezl Harrell threw a ball in his face late in the first half of what became the Cardinals...
Via AP on Fox
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurricanes withstand second-half comeback to defeat Boston College

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Tonye Jekiri had 13 points and 15 rebounds Saturday to help the Miami Hurricanes withstand a second-half comeback by Boston College and win 60-56 Saturday. Jekiri's last rebound was the biggest, coming with four seconds left after Olivier Hanlan missed a potential tying 3-pointer for the Eagles. The Hurricanes (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jekiri's 15 rebounds help Miami beat Boston College 60-56

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Tonye Jekiri had 13 points and 15 rebounds Saturday to help the Miami Hurricanes withstand a second-half comeback by Boston College to win 60-56 Saturday. Jekiri's last rebound was the biggest, coming with four seconds left after Olivier Hanlan missed a potential tying 3-pointer for the Eagles. The Hurricanes (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Boston...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurricanes will be young and small but talented

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) When Tonye Jekiri kicks the ball around with the University of Miami women's soccer team, he makes an impact, thanks to his size-16 feet. Soccer is Jekiri's first love and the sport he played growing up in Nigeria. He moved to Florida in 2010 to begin a basketball career, and now he's a 6-foot-11 starting center for the Miami Hurricanes. Jekiri said his passion...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami hoops to host Illinois in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The University of Miami men's basketball team will host Illinois on Dec. 2 as part of the 16th annual Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge, as announced Thursday by ESPN. It will be a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Tournament third-round game the Hurricanes took 63-59 to advance to the Sweet 16. Then-freshman center Tonye Jekiri is the lone returning player from that squad. He scored...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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