Jobe signing official

Here’s the press release . . .

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Bloomington, Indiana–Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that Tijan Jobe (Tee-zhan Joab), a 7-0, 255-lb. center from Olney (Ill.) Central College has signed a national letter of intent to attend IU and play basketball for the Hoosiers beginning next fall.

“We are excited to be able to sign a player with the defensive ability and rebounding presence that Tijan has,” said Crean.  “We feel he has a lot of room for growth in the sense of improving on both the defensive and offensive end and we love the fact that he plays extremely hard.  His height and wingspan (7-5 1/2) is something that our team was in great need of.”

Originally from Banjul, Gambia, Jobe averaged 4.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and a block for Coach Mike Burris at Olney.  He attended Butler County (Kan.) Community College as a freshman and attended Laurinburg (N.C.) Prep School.

He came to the United States four years ago through the African Hoop Opportunities Providing an Education Foundation (A-HOPE), a Bloomington based organization. The foundation is designed to provide talented basketball players from a host of African countries the opportunity to come to the United States to use their skills as a means to get a U.S. education.

He chose Indiana over UAB, Auburn and Nebraska.

He is the sixth player to accept a scholarship to play for the Hoosiers joining forward Tom Pritchard (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edwards), guard Verdell Jones III (Champaign, Ill./Central) guard Matt Roth (Washington, Illinois), guard Devan Dumes (Vincennes/Indianapolis/Decatur Central) and guard Nick Williams (Mobile, Alabama/LeFlore).

7 comments

  1. I have seen this guy around town for awhile on holidays and summer. His girl lives in B-town and I think she went to Bloomington North. He has definite connections with IU nation with her being here and his connections with Mark Adams and Indiana Elite. Welcome TJ I look forward to watching you play in the famous red and white striped pants…Go HOOSIERS…

  2. Yea, I just hope we can find some pants to fit this monster!

    Also, any word on where Sutton is leaning? Looks like it has to be Nova… Guess we’ll find out at 3.

    Also, I read something that said Nedegu and TJ are good friends. But that he also has lots of ties to Memphis because an assistant that left Zona and headed there… Sounds like our chances are slipping for both of these guys.

  3. Let’s not be so pessimistic regarding Sutton, a little bird told me that while Maurice prefers to stay close to home, his clearly would like to play for Coach Crean above all others. I’m predicting Sutton to IU…

  4. Yea, Indiana isn’t exactly close to Maryland. It’s about a 8 1/2 – 9 hour drive to Bloomington. I’ve made the trip several times… So not sure how saying he wants to stay close to home is relevant.

  5. nevermind. i see what you’re saying… still looks bleak, and to be honest, i’d rather us take our chances with Negedu.

  6. Agree Steve O –

    We got our project, now we need some immediate impact down low. I’d risk losing Sutton if it meant a shot at Negedu or even holding the scholly for a more ready big next year.

  7. Looks like it’s going to between Indiana and Memphis for the services of Mr. Negedu – if IU pulls off this recruiting coup then we will thank Sutton for signing with ‘Nova!

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