Emmanuel Negedu to New Mexico, Walter Offutt to Ohio

  • 05/17/2010 6:35 pm in

Both of these stories broke over the weekend, but in case you missed them, Emmanuel Negedu will transfer to New Mexico and Walter Offutt will transfer to Ohio.

The Associated Press talked to Negedu, who will enroll in classes next month in Albuquerque:

Negedu told The Associated Press he has signed a scholarship offer to play with the Lobos and coach Steve Alford, has been cleared by New Mexico doctors. He is waiting to find out if he will receive an NCAA waiver that will allow him to play in the 2010-11 season.

“I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do,” the 21-year-old Negedu said. “I want to chase my dreams to play basketball. I want to do what makes me happy, and that’s what makes me so happy.”

Meanwhile, Offutt chose a full ride at Ohio University, where he’ll play for John Groce, over the opportunity to walk-on at Indiana. Groce recruited Offutt as an assistant coach at Ohio State.

Offutt told The Columbus Dispatch that academics played a big role in his decision to leave Wright State:

Offutt enrolled at Wright State, but said he left because the coaching staff misled him into believing the school had a major in sports management.

“I was looking for playing time, but academics played as big a role in my decision to come to Ohio,” he said.

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  • Stonaroni

    Offut made the correct decision without a doubt. He would have remained a walk on with no guarantee of ever getting a scholly. We are already locked up as it is with no scholly’s remaining and we need better 4 years prospects for this program.

  • marcusgresham

    Good luck to both players.

    I would hope clearance to play at the altitude of The Pit in Albuquerque is a pretty strong indicator that Negedu is healthy as can be. Leaving Iowa was the best move Alford ever made, that's for sure.

  • marsh21

    This could be big for Alford!

    Offutt made the correct decision.

  • MPmike1999

    If he is that healthy why did UT and IU refuse to clear him to play. I still think it is major risk, and New Mexico will definitely have Negedu sign a waiver just in case.

  • They refused to clear him because of insurance companies and lawyers, not because of doctors.

  • Southern_Indianas_Finest

    Negedu was never worth the risk and Offutt is getting a scoly. Best of luck to them both.

  • HoosierDavey

    Would have been great to have Offutt, but you can't blame him for doing what he did. What's great about it was that he is an Indiana kid who was really interested in playing at IU; really tempted to come here even as a walk-on. This and the interest kids in the 11 and 12 classes are showing us is a very, very good sign.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Bummer on both accounts, but best of luck to both of 'em!

    (The potential match up of IU vs. UNM in Las Vegas just got another storyline with Negedu heading out that way… )

  • Kelin Blab

    Congrats to both kids, wish them the best…..prediction

    Offut blows up in the ncaa tourney beats OSU on a driving layup
    EMan/New Mexico plays UT in the second round, Eman goes for 16 and 14…..New Mexico wins

  • marka7

    I think we all know they would have rather had come to Indiana. The Negedu situation was unfortunate for him and thats tough. As a former HS hockey coach that witnessed the death of a kid from heart failure during a game I was coaching was something I will never forget in my lifetime. That is worst case senario but if it happened once it can happen again. For that to happen on national tv or at a very minimum in front of 17,000 fans. Believe when I say its something nobody needs to witness.
    As a Warren grad I would have loved to see Offutt go to IU. He is a solid player but Ohio is a much better situation for him. Free ride and will probably work into the starting lineup maybe from day one.
    Good luck to both.

  • Kelin Blab

    As resiliant as this program has been over the past few years, I don't know if IU could have dealt with that happening. Loyola Marymount will always be remembered for that reason. I pray nothing ever happens to Negedu and he lives a happy and healthy life, not sure if I as a coach would have had the balls to give him that opportunity.

  • hoosierclarion

    All the parties involved can be happy with their decisions.

  • Hardwood83

    Exactly- it wasn't a medical decision by IU or UT, it was a risk management one. I also wish the best for both these guys. Negendu, it appears, didn't have many other options and Offutt would be silly to pass on a scholarship to walk-on.

  • walton

    IU can hold its head up high with both of these situations – two kids that really wanted to be Hoosiers – IU did all they could do to see that it happened – unusual circumstances came between the two – both parties separated with respect and understanding…………The program at IU is really slowly developing into a class program it once was – great job so far!

  • MPmike1999

    Why wouldn't IU or UT take the risk such as New Mexico? Why would New Mexico and Steve Alford take such a risk and not other school??????

  • slikyslim222

    Agreed 100%. IU is showing good ability in exploring all options to make the team better without selling their soul for some quick fix/short cut. Hope the best for those two guys and believe that the way it turned out is best for all concerned. It is a good sign that we are attracting good talent and character guys. IU is building what its heritage is all about; winning with class & character!

  • Hardwood83

    I don't have an answer for you. I would think that with multiple docs clearing him the school would be covered and the risk would be minimized. Obviously not. I was hoping IU would bring him on but the lawyers won out over the Medical/Athletic considerations apparently. My point was I don't blame either of the players, obviously.