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Bonnies announce addition of 6-8 forward Josh Ayeni

St. Bonaventure's men's basketball team announced Tuesday it has signed 6-foot-8 forward Josh Ayeni.

Ayeni, a native of Nigeria who came to the United States in 2011, averaged nearly 24 points a game last season at Impact Academy, a prep school in Sarasota, Fla.

Ayeni will be the fourth new forward on the roster, joining Chinonso Obokoh, a graduate transfer from Syracuse, David Andoh, a senior who transferred from Liberty, and  freshman center Amadi Ikpeze. The Bonnies' most experienced forward is 6-7 senior Denzel Gregg, the co-Sixth Man of the Year in the A-10 last season.

"We are extremely excited to have Josh in our basketball program," Bona coach Mark Schmidt said in a statement. "He comes from a terrific high school program and has competed at a high level. He has the size and athleticism to be an excellent player in the Atlantic 10 Conference. We are expecting Josh to compete for playing time immediately."

Ayeni has been described as a potential "stretch 4," a power forward with an intermediate jumper who could eventually take bigger defenders to the perimeter. According to the website Verbalcommits.com, he also had offers from Tennessee-Martin, Southern Mississippi, Siena, Penn, and others. As a high school senior at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md., Ayeni averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds. He earned third team All-Conference honors in the Baltimore Catholic League.

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