Montrose Christian (Rockville, MD) center Tunji Soroye is expected to fax in his Letter of Intent to UVa within the next several days. Soroye made a verbal commitment to UVa last November and intends to follow through on his commitment as soon as today.
“He’s going to do it this week,” Montrose Christian Assistant Coach David Atkins said. “He did a good thing by waiting to sign until the Spring. It gives a lot of control to the kids in case something happens such as a coach leaving the program. Tunji really likes Coach Gillen. He wants to be developed by Coach Gillen. We spoke to [Virginia Athletic Director] Craig Littlepage and we feel good about Coach Gillen’s position.”
Soroye enjoyed a successful senior campaign, helping Montrose Christian to a 25-4 record and a #22 National ranking. He improved throughout the year, saving his best performance for the National Christian School Tournament in Bristol, Tennessee. In a championship game victory over Our Savior of New York, Soroye excelled with an 18 point, 13 rebound, and eight block performance. He earned game MVP honors.
“He had a better feel for the game this year,” Atkins said. “You’re not going to find a guy that plays better defense than Tunji. He can block shots and he can rebound. He has good quickness. He just needs to continue to get stronger and he needs to learn to finish around the basket a little bit better. Coach Gillen wants him to work on setting and moving around ball screens before he gets there.”
According to Coach Atkins, Soroye not only has the potential to be a quality ACC player, he has the drive as well. Soroye works hard on the court as well as in the classroom.
“Tunji is a quality-type kid who really puts in the work to get better,” Atkins said. “He understands practices. He understands how to prepare. He knows about staying on top of his studies. He has great work ethic on and off the court. We run three day a week workouts, and he’s there for pretty much all of them. He’ll work hard to get better, and I know he’ll do us proud at Virginia.”
Another Montrose Christian target from Soroye’s native country of Nigeria is rising senior power forward Uche Echefu. The 6-8, 225 pound Echefu, who has roomed with Soroye...
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