UTEP’s new men’s basketball head coach Joe Golding was quick to talk about his team’s need to be bigger in the frontcourt.
The team strengthened their depth among the tall men with the addition of Kevin Kalu, a 6-foot-9 center from the 2021 class. The Baltimore, MD. native took to Twitter to announce his engagement on Tuesday. He is immediately eligible for the 2021-22 season for the Miners.
Two-star prospect Kalu has had a noble senior season for Mount Carmel / Team Melo. He was appointed on Baltimore Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year (BCL) despite a quiet recruiting period. In the BCL, Kalu was known as a “double-double machine. “
Schools that have shown interest in Kalu included Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Florida International and George Mason. He also had the opportunity to do a year of post-grad preparation at the Military Academy in Hargrave, Marist and East Tennessee State, by Preparation of the hoops.
Colby Giacubeno from Prep Hoops wrote this about Kalu:
“Kalu has a motor unlike a lot of big ones and that translates to both ends of the floor. He’s relentless on the glass and takes pride in controlling the game that way. block and can reliably strike over the shoulder hook shots on his keys. Where Kalu really catches your eye is his rim drop mindset whenever he has the opportunity to dunk. “
The Miners’ new coaching staff have now signed five players in the 2021 class: Jorell Saterfield (Ranger College), Bonke Maring (Blinn College), Kezza Giffa (France) and Jamari Sibley (Georgetown).
Here are highlights from Kalu’s senior season at Mt. Carmel.