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Purdue lands its center target

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Analysis ($): Emmanuel Dowuona's commitment

Purdue landed its top center target for the 2018 class when Emmanuel Dowuona committed to the Boilermakers Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-10 center from Miami, via Ghana, officially visited West Lafayette in June, before ultimately choosing the Boilermakers over offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, Memphis and many others. He was scheduled to officially visit Tennessee this weekend.

"It was the time that they spent," Dowuona said. "They spent a lot of time on me, letting me know how much I mean to them and how important I would be for their team at Purdue and that I would be a great place. They proved it to me when I went on my visit.. I was satisfied with it."

The defensive- and effort-driven center has been drawn to Purdue from the very beginning, in part due to his interest in studying engineering.

"He didn't know a lot about many schools," said Jose Amat, Dowuona's coach at Westwood Christian in Miami. "Coach (Matt) Painter and Coach (Brandon) Brantley really did a great job letting him know about the culture, the city, the school and the tradition. I'm an old-school basketball guy myself, and when you have a basketball university coming after you that thrives on dumping the ball down low and developing their big men, it seemed like a perfect fit and he didn't want to let this opportunity slip."

He joins Detroit forward/center Trevion Williams as Purdue's two 2018 commitments for a class that should include at least four players. His commitment removes Purdue from the recruitments of fellow bigs Collin Castleton and Lukas Kisunas, who was due to visit this weekend.

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