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Newbill's career high tying 22 points lead Lions over Delaware State
Maduegbunam (pronounced MAD-a-WAY-boo-nam) was one of the top high school players in Massachusetts, finishing his prep career at The Winchendon School (Winchendon, Mass.) after spending two seasons at Charlestown High School and one at Cushing Academy near Boston. Described as a "physically imposing prospect on the wing" with a strong build, good speed and the ability to play "above the rim with ease" by ESPN.com, Maduegbunam is also a strong perimeter shooter and defender. He impressed the coaching staff with his strength and athleticism and owns a team-best 35-inch vertical leap.
Maduegbunam saw limited action in his first season playing in 14 games, six in the Big Ten season...scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds on the year while playing an average of 3.8 minutes per game...saw his first collegiate action vs. Akron in the Puerto Rico Tipoff...scored his first points with a basket vs. Delaware State (12/15)...had two points and two rebounds vs. Duquesne (12/29)...logged a season high 18 minutes at Purdue (1/13), scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.
Maduegbunam averaged 18 points, six rebounds and four assists per game for The Winchendon School in 2011-12, including a 27-point performance in his debut vs. Harvard...earned NEPSAC AAA All-League honorable-mention honors...posted 22.3 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals per game as a junior at Charlestown High School leading the team to a 22-3 record, a Boston City League championship and a berth in the Division I North quarterfinals... named to ESPNBoston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2011 after leading the Townies to their first Boston City League title since 2006...named MVP of the City League Tournament...posted 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the arc in the City League championship game...in two seasons with the Townies, he averaged 20.5 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game and was a two-time All-City selection...played AAU basketball for Expressions Elite.
Born Nov. 29, 1992 in Boston, Mass....Full name is Sean Akosa Maduegbunam...The son of Gina and Ofili Maduegbunam...His father passed away in 2002...Has an older sister, Judy (24), and a younger brother, Duby (17)...his sister is currently pursuing a master's degree in Edinburgh, Scotland...his parents immigrated from Nigeria in 1987...goes by the nickname "Kos."
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