Lawrence's Chisom Ajekwu commits to KU women's basketball

Lawrence High junior Chisom Ajekwu gathers herself before shooting a layup in the first quarter of the Lions' 57-34 win over Shawnee Mission East in the Class 6A sub-state semifinals on Tuesday at LHS.

With an opportunity to stay close to home, Lawrence High junior Chisom Ajekwu said it was an easy decision when she decided to verbally commit to play in the Kansas women’s basketball program.

It’s a chance for her parents and four sisters to watch her play in nearby Allen Fieldhouse, and she can watch her sisters grow up. Ajekwu met with the KU coaching staff during her spring break last week and informed them of her commitment.

She announced the news to the rest of the world via Twitter on Tuesday morning.

“I couldn’t leave,” Ajekwu said. “I just love everyone here.”

A 6-foot-3 center, Ajekwu earned second-team all-Sunflower League honors this season, averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 10.3 rebounds. She helped the Lions to a 17-5 record, constantly double-teamed by opponents in the paint but dominant on defense with her shot blocking ability.

Ajekwu received a scholarship offer from Kansas in the summer before her sophomore year. She picked the Jayhawks over Missouri, Tulane, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Wichita State, among others.

“I didn’t want to commit too early,” Ajekwu said. “I always knew I was going to go to KU. I just wanted to see everything first before I committed.”

Ajekwu first met Kansas coach Brandon Schneider during her freshmen season when the Lions played in KU’s team camp. She said her commitment will bring some extra responsibilities, making sure she represents KU and LHS as well as she can.

Her goal was always to commit to a school before her senior year. When the basketball season ended at the beginning of March, she knew it was time to pick a school.

“I’m not going to lie, it was kind of stressful having to talk to everyone at the same time and try to keep up with everyone, with updates and stuff like that,” Ajekwu said. “But it was definitely fun. I love the attention.”

Throughout the last few seasons, Ajekwu said she’s attended more KU games than she can remember. Many times she went with her sisters to Allen Fieldhouse, and some road games, to watch the hometown team.

Despite visiting other schools, she thought KU always stood above the rest — "Nothing compared," she said. But when she talked to her parents, she always joked that she was going to pick a school away from home.

“I always told them I wanted to go other places and then they would get annoyed by it. But I’m not going to leave them,” Ajekwu said. “They were happy.”

Comments

David Kelley-Wood

“I always told them I wanted to go other places and then they would get annoyed by it."

Welcome, Chisom! (Gonna have to rely more heavily on other ways of annoying them now!)

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Report

Brett McCabe

This is a really solid recruiting win for the program. Though I'm not an expert on Chisom's play, I've read enough to get the sense that she is a player on the rise. I'm guessing that she's very familiar with the personality and approach of the staff, which means she should be able to fit in, develop and contribute.

Schneider made some bad, bad early recruiting decisions. Let's hope this is the new trend.

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Report

Scott Burton

Awesome!!!

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Report

['']

Wonder who her coach will be next year....

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Report

Waylon Cook

Look guys the cuck is here.

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Report

['']

Hahaha. Nice deflection of the sad truth of the program there Waylie.

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

John Joseph Gorski

Jeff Dickson will be her head coach again. Going 17-5 isn't going to get anyone fired.

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Report

['']

Her college coaching staff won't be there if they keep up the current rate of "success".....

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Commenting has been disabled for this item.