The University of Arizona has granted men’s basketball signee Emmanuel Negedu a release from his letter of intent.
UA issued a statement of the release Tuesday morning.
On Sunday, Negedu said he wanted out of it, after visiting with UA head coach Lute Olson in the Boston area. He had been thinking about the decision for some time, perhaps the last three months after visiting UA during the latter part of the regular season.
Negedu, who signed in November and was recruited by former UA assistant Josh Pastner and Lute Olson, said the number of coaching changes and Olson’s unexplained absence gave him doubts about the program. Olson has a completely new assistant coaching staff.
In the latest rankings, Negedu was rated No. 71 by Scout.com; he’s rated No. 40 by Rivals.com.
Negedu, who was very outspoken over the weekend in an interview with the Citizen, did not return a message this morning.
Negedu, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward, is now free to be recruited by any college who wants him next fall.
He played last season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.