Miami coach Jim Larranaga is on an “unofficial” campaign to get center Tonye Jekiri recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference as well as raise the 7-foot senior’s stock for the NBA draft.
Larranaga’s case is that Jekiri’s value to the Hurricanes goes far beyond the 8.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots he averages a game.
“It is really hard to put a number on how much he impacts the game,” he said at his usual press briefing this week. “They showed a number on TV that he’s a plus-52 (points) when he’s on the court and we’re a minus-12 when he’s off. That’s obviously a huge number, but it’s even greater than that.”
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