Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:33 am
New Mexico forward Emmanuel Negedu finished with eight points and seven rebounds in Wednesday night's 80-58 exhibition win over Eastern New Mexico, which was neat to see considering the Nigerian nearly died 13 months ago at Tennessee.
Seriously, he nearly died.
You probably know the story. But if not, here you go: Negedu suffered a sudden cardiac arrest last September while racing a UT teammate inside the Vols football practice facility. He had no pulse before medical personnel revived him and had a sub-pectoral internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest the following week that prevented Tennessee doctors from clearing him to ever rejoin the team.
So Negedu transferred to New Mexico.
And New Mexico doctors cleared him.
He got eight points and seven rebounds Wednesday night.
That's a nice start to what I hope is a long and healthy career.
Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:55 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2009 7:01 pm
Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu had a sub-pectoral implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest Tuesday and will not practice with or play for the Vols this season, the school has announced.
Negedu suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after a workout Sept. 28.
He had no pulse when medics arrived.
“Emmanuel is such a special young man,” said UT coach Bruce Pearl. “You don’t come across many like him. He’s faced a tremendously frightening obstacle with unbelievable courage. He is going to be an inspiration to many, and we all feel truly blessed that he’s still here with us.”
Negedu is expected to remain at the UT Medical Center overnight.
“I just want to say thanks to all those people that care about me and show me they care,” Negedu said. “I want to say I appreciate everything. God is going to see me through this. With God, all things are possible. God is always in control.”
Posted on: September 28, 2009 10:51 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2009 11:08 am
Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu -- who had to be revived with a defibrillator after collapsing Monday -- was still at the UT Medical Center resting and having tests run Tuesday morning, a source told CBSSports.com.
Negedu collapsed at the football practice facility after lifting weights.
A source said the forward had no pulse when members of the UT athletic training staff arrived.
Negedu averaged 7.2 minutes per game last season and appeared in all 33 contests. He originally signed with Arizona out of Brewster Academy but later enrolled at Tennessee after getting a release. Whether he'll ever be cleared to play again is now uncertain.
"We just spoke with E-Man and he is in great spirits," Griffin Guess, the Hollywood producer who is married to supermodel Marisa Miller, told CBSSports.com early Tuesday. Guess, like Negedu, is a Brewster Academy graduate. He and Miller befriended the Nigerian during a trip to Brewster two years ago. They have remained in contact ever since and even attended a UT game in Knoxville last season.
"Marisa and I are going to go see him," Griffin added. "We're just happy he is feeling well."
Posted on: January 28, 2009 10:43 am
Edited on: January 28, 2009 2:33 pm
So Erin Andrews excites campuses with her presence, does she?
Man, you haven't seen anything yet.
"Should I paint my face?" Marisa Miller asked by phone, at which point I recommended -- on behalf of heterosexuals everywhere, particularly those in Knoxville, Tenn., -- that she do nothing to hide, disguise or otherwise alter her natural self. After all, it's not everyday that a Victoria's Secret Angel attends a college basketball game; far as I know, this is the first. So get ready, Thompson-Boling Arena, because America's Supermodel and the World's Hottest Woman (according to Maxim ) will be in attendance Wednesd ay night when the Tennessee Vols host LSU.
"This is a special trip," Miller said Tuesday, shortly after arriving in Knoxville. "It's really exciting for me to be here."
Now I know what you're thinking.
What the hell is Marisa Miller doing at a UT game?
The story dates to last January, when Griffin Guess -- a music producer and manager of artists and models -- was invited to speak at Brewster Academy, a boarding school two hours north of Boston from which Guess graduated in 1998. For those unfamiliar, Guess and Miller are married. So the couple traveled from their California home across the country to New Hampshire, where they met a Brewster Academy basketball player named Emmanuel Negedu.
"Griffin and him hit it off right away," Miller said. "It was just sort of a natural relationship that developed."
Guess was intrigued by the story, how Negedu left Nigeria for the United States to pursue a dream. He invited the 6-foot-7 forward to California to shoot some videos as he announced his decision to attend Tennessee instead of Indiana, Georgia Tech and Memphis, and Guess promised he'd make it to campus for a game at some point this season. Of course, that's hard to do given that there's always something going on. Miller was in St. Bart's last week for a shoot, and the couple had to be in Washington D.C. on Monday for another project.
"But I just sort of looked at the schedule and said, 'Let's go down there,'" Guess explained. "I said, 'Let's finally make it over to Knoxville,' because if we didn't go now I wasn't sure when we were going to go."
Thus, Griffin Guess and Marisa Miller are in Knoxville.
They reunited with Negedu on Tuesday night.
"It was really great to see him," Guess said. "I think he's grown about an inch and put on 10 pounds. He looks good."
Speaking of looking good, did I mention Marisa Miller will be at Thompson-Boling Arena tonight? The former basketball player -- "I used to play in school," she said. "I was a guard." -- can't wait to get there (face unpainted, I hope) to support Negedu while trying to help Tennessee improve to 4-1 in the SEC, if only by serving as a distraction to LSU's Marcus Thornton.
"I think the atmosphere will be exciting," Miller said. "I just hope I don't embarrass Emmanuel by cheering too loudly."
Somehow, I don't think that'll be a problem.
Because if Negedu can't handle a supermodel screaming his name, that's on him.
Posted on: June 21, 2008 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2008 2:41 pm
Ever wanted to know how it sounds when a recruit calls a coach and verbally commits?
If so, we've got the video of Emmanuel Negedu ringing Bruce Pearl earlier this week.
Click this link and check it out.
Posted on: June 18, 2008 11:00 am
Edited on: June 18, 2008 3:21 pm
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I understand CBS is doing a documentary on Emmanuel Negedu. Do you know any details?
It's not a documentary as much as it's a Day in the Life type thing. It should be up later today here on CBSSports.com, and I figure this is as good a time as any to explain what's going on and how this all happened.
Emmanuel, as you probably know, attended Brewster Academy, which is also the alma mater of Hollywood producer Griffin Guess. Small world, huh? Anyway, Griffin was invited back to campus this past January to speak to students, and so he and his wife Marisa Miller -- yes, she's that Marisa Miller, the supermodel -- traveled to Brewster and while there attended a basketball game, at which time they met Emmanuel.
Long story short, Griffin became interested in Emmanuel's story.
He kept up with how things were going.
And when the story took a strange turn with the release from Arizona and the recruiting battle between Tennessee, Memphis, Indiana and Georgia Tech, Griffin decided to invite Emmanuel to California to film some stuff and make his announcement from there. So that's what's been going on this week. While you are living whatever life you live, Emmanuel Negedu is kicking it in Santa Cruz with a Hollywood producer and a supermodel (who happened to top Maxim's Hot 100 list this year, case you didn't know), and it's times like these when I really wish I was Emmanuel Negedu.
Or better yet, Griffin Guess.
In all seriousness, check back later today.
The Negedu stuff should be up then with something bigger later in the week.
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:00 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2008 2:07 pm
Emmanuel Negedu has verbally committed to Tennessee.
"I'm going to the University of Tennessee," Negedu said by phone Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CBSSports.com. "Tennessee was one of the schools I considered before I (signed with) Arizona (last November), and when I visited there I liked the campus and I really got along with the players. It just seemed like a family. I love it. And I feel like I've known the coaches forever."
A 6-foot-7 forward, Negedu is the one-time Arizona signee who asked for a release from his national letter of intent last month, unhappy with the uncertainty surrounding Lute Olson and the Arizona program. When the release was granted the African import immediately became the central recruiting target for multiple elite level programs -- specifically Tennessee, Indiana, Memphis and Georgia Tech, all of which were searching for an impact frontcourt player to add to the 2008-09 roster.
Rivals.com ranks Negedu as the 40th-best prospect in his class while Scout.com has him at No. 71. Either way, he's an extremely athletic, explosive post presence who should immediately help the Vols as he competes for minutes with veterans Wayne Chism and Tyler Smith.
For Bruce Pearl, this is a huge development.
It not only solidifies Tennessee as a preseason top 10 team, but it's an example of Pearl -- aided by assistant Steve Forbes -- beating rival John Calipari and Memphis on a "national" recruit as the two programs continue to compete for supremacy in the state. Negedu's pledge also pushes Tennessee's recruiting class solidly into the top 10 considering he's the fourth Rivals.com top 70 prospect to commit. The best of the group is McDonald's All-American Scotty Hopson, who will start in the backcourt beside junior college standout Bobby Maze for a team that should win the SEC and could advance to the Final Four.
Posted on: June 17, 2008 1:14 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2008 1:14 pm
Emmanuel Negedu will unveil is college destination this afternoon.
I'm supposed to talk to the 6-foot-7 forward in the next few hours, at which time he will announce his decision and instantly add a top 100 recruit to somebody's program. Negedu will choose between Georgia Tech, Indiana, Memphis and Tennessee.