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Abedengo Lufile. (Courtesy photo)Abedengo Lufile. (Courtesy photo)

Generals sign 16th-ranked Canadian player

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College men’s basketball coach Steve Smiley says he wants more size in his perimeter players in 2013.
Adding 6-foot 7-inch Canadian wing/small forward Abednego Lufile is a good start, to say the least.

Lufile is the 16th-ranked player in Canada, out of REDA Academy. He averaged a double-double, scoring 27 points and bringing down 12 rebounds per game.

His brother is Wichita State’s Chadrick Lufile.

“Abednego is another crucial piece of our incoming recruiting class, as he’s a very well-known player in Canada,” Smiley said. “He’s a physically impressive wing, playing the small forward position at 6’7” and 230lbs.

“Currently, there are almost 30 players in Canada in the Class of 2013 that are signed to NCAA D1 schools, so Abednego’s recognition as the 16th-best player in the entire country speaks volumes about his potential.”

The Sheridan College recruiting class is shaping up to be a good one. The Generals have signed RaVonn Posey (6’8, 290, Milwaukee Riverside), Rudolphe Joly (6’10, 260, Alma Academy, Canada), Kyi Thomas (6’4, 185, Sheldon High School,Sacramento), along with Xavier Webb (6’0, 175, Riverton High School).

While the Generals weaknesses were few in 2012-13, injuries ravaged the post position, limiting their size down the stretch. For now, the chance of that happening again seems slim.

“His experience playing for one of the most well-respected programs in Canada, REDA Academy with coach Tarry Upshaw has prepared him well for his move to the States, and we’re really happy that he is joining the Generals family,” Smiley concluded.

Continuing an impressive recruiting class, Sheridan College plans to sign Kaileb Rodriguez, who will transfer from The University of California, and Sam Williams, another 6’7” inside-out combo high school standout from Reno, Nevada, in the next few days.

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