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Carroll Basketball Signs Two from L.A.

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Last year Carroll College men's basketball found a scrappy point guard from basketball power Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, and after a year in the program, Lorel Johnson has become a key contributor to Saints basketball. The Carroll coaching staff once again went to the well at Cathedral High for, not one, but two new signees.

Head Coach Carson Cunningham announced today the signing of 6-8 forward Micheal Obindu and 6-2 shooting guard Ife Kalejaiye. Both attended high school at Cathedral but Kalajaiye attended nearby Middlebrooks Academy prep school this season.

Obindu came to the United States from his native Nigeria as a junior and spent his first season at Admiral Farragut Academy in Florida where he received All-Tournament honors at the Suncoast Holiday Tournament.

He transferred to Cathedral where he was second on the team in rebounds and blocks. He played in 23 games for the Phantoms and had a .490 field goal percentage.

"Carroll Basketball is ecstatic about the signing of Micheal Obindu from Cathedral High School," Cunningham said. "Micheal is not only a fantastic power forward with quickness and explosiveness, he is a standout student looking to study Engineering. It's quite startling to consider that he came to America just two years ago from Nigeria and yet has performed so well academically and athletically."

Obindu had a 3.7 GPA and fits into to a Carroll team whose eleven returners just registered a 3.17 team GPA for the spring semester.

"I think Micheal is going to bring a lot of energy and excellence to our campus," Cunningham said. "Don't be surprised if he brings a whole lotta fans to their feet during his time here."

Kalajaiye suffered an injury during his senior year that kept him off of the radar for college recruiters but improved his situation with a year at Middlebrooks Academy.

Despite his injury, as a senior at Cathedral in 2013-14, he managed to earn First-Team All-Camino Real League Honors and was an All-State nominee. He led Cathedral to two league championships during his time as a Phantom.

"It's awesome that Ife Kalejaiye, a stellar student and fierce shooting guard, is a Fighting Saint," Cunningham said. "I called Cathedral High School and Cathedral's Coach Middlebrooks about Ife last year, but a leg injury held Ife back late in the school season and into the spring recruiting period. He prepped this year, and we're just delighted that we've been able to sign him now."

He led Cathedral in scoring, steals and three-point percentage his senior year. He was also a four-year honor roll student.

Cunningham believes that the high academic standards at Cathedral, as well as success on the basketball court bode well for both players to do special things at Carroll.

"Ife comes to Carroll, like Micheal, having attended a high school that is known for its academic excellence and, of late, for being a state power in boys' basketball," Cunningham said. "I think Carroll fans are going to find Ife's toughness, ball-handling, and shooting a ton of fun to watch."

The two are the final signees of a five-player signing class. They join Sam McMahon from Tacoma, Wash., Match Burnham of Spangle, Wash., and Great Falls High standout Matt Wyman as incoming freshmen on the Carroll squad.

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