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Kenny Kadji (Douala, Cameroon/Pendleton/IMG Academy/Florida) has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University of Miami and play men's basketball, announced head Hurricanes coach Frank Haith today. Kadji will be eligible to play with the Hurricanes beginning with the 2011-12 season.
"We're excited to have Kenny join our program," said Coach Haith. "He is coming off a challenging year physically, but I'm confident that after sitting out this next season he will be able to contribute strongly to this program. Kenny is a talented player, has great size and will help us build a stronger paint presence in conjunction with our other players."
The 6-10, 248-pound forward/center played in 42 games with Florida over the last two seasons, but saw his 2009-10 season cut short due to a back problems resulting in a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Hurricanes.
As a freshman with the Gators in 2008-09, Kadji averaged 4.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 12.5 minutes per game over 34 appearances. He scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 15 points versus UCF, and posted a season-high four blocked shots versus Vanderbilt.
He joins a young post group including 6-10 sophomore center Reggie Johnson, who earned ACC All-Tournament Second Team honors as a rookie, 6-9 junior forward/center Julian Gamble and 6-9 redshirt freshman forward Donnavan Kirk.
Kadji was the fifth-ranked center in the class of 2008 by both Rivals.com and Scout.com and was rated in the top half of the ESPNU 100. He averaged 28.0 points, 12. 0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game at Pendleton/IMG Academy.
Kadji and fellow transfer Trey McKinney-Jones, a 6-5, 213-pound combo guard, will be eligible to play for the Hurricanes in 2011-12.