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UB signs post player, shooting guard

Bobby Frasco, a shooting guard from Mount Prospect, Ill., and Ikenna Smart, a 6-foot-10 post player from Greensboro, N.C., are the latest recruits to sign national letters of intent with the University at Buffalo, men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley announced Wednesday.

Frasco, 6-4, averaged 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for Prospect High School, which he helped lead to a second straight league championship. Frasco shot 41 percent from three-point range.

Hurley described Frasco as a “lights-out shooter.”

Smart, a native of Nigeria, averaged a double-double (13.4 points, 13.3 rebounds) for New Garden Friends School in Greensboro. He had more than 300 rebounds last season.

“Ikenna is a rapidly developing front-court player,” said Hurley. “He has great size and mobility. Ikenna will fit into our style of play and should be a real force for us in the paint.”

Frasco and Smart join three recruits, who were early signees in November — Mory Diane (Pershing High, Detroit), Lamonte Bearden (Germantown, Wis.) and Raheem Johnson (Barton, Kan., Community College).

Meanwhile, St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt announced that Matthias Runs and Jean Yves Toupane will not return to the Bonnies’ team next year. Both intend to seek to transfer, he said.

Runs, a 7-foot sophomore center from The Netherlands, played two games last season and did not score. Toupane, a 6-7 forward from Senegal, played six games and scored four points.

UB announced that Cherie Cordoba will be reunited with head women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack as an assistant coach. Cordoba coached with Legette-Jack at Indiana and Hofstra. She played at UNLV, where she began her coaching career after playing in professional leagues in Holland and Australia.

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