Eze Wali Commits to the Citadel
This week, Pomfret/BCRI 2024 (formerly Bishop Hendricken 2023) 6’1” combo guard Eze Wali committed to the Citadel for the 2024-25 season. He also had plenty of interest from other college teams, including an offer from Fairleigh Dickinson, as well as a D2 offer from Lincoln University.
Wali began his high school career at Bishop Hendricken in Rhode Island, making a name for himself during the 2020-2021 season as a sophomore, helping lead Hendricken to an RIIL State Championship Title against Classical High School.
His success continued as a junior, earning All-Division and All-League RIIL honors after helping lead Hendricken to their second consecutive RIIL State Championship Title. This run included Wali hitting a buzzer beater to win the semi-finals and winning the finals in overtime against Classical HS once again after a tremendous comeback.
He had a breakout AAU season in the summer of 2022, helping lead Bishop Hendricken to a Johnston Summer League Championship Title. Heading into the following school season this past year, he was named the Best Boys High School Basketball Player in Rhode Island by StadiumTalkCom. He scored his 1000th point of his high school career in late February, and ultimately led Bishop Hendricken to their third consecutive RIIL State Championship Title, finishing his time at Hendricken.
Throughout the summer, Wali kept earning honors for his play. In April, he was named a standout/top performer at the HoopGroup Pitt Jam Fest. He also earned standout honors at Dana Barros in May and Best Shooter honors at A Shot For Life Challenge in June. He averaged over 24 points per game at the NEPSAC Showcase in his debut for Pomfret, also averaging 6 made 3-pointers per game and finishing with a 3-0 record.
He continued to shine throughout the rest of the summer, finally earning himself the offer from the Citadel earlier this week.
“It’s so hard to earn a division 1 scholarship in the landscape today and I’m extremely happy the hard work and dedication to the sport has paid off for Eze,” said BCRI 17u HGSL Head Coach Kyle Van Rossum. “Coaches start to look for separators and Eze’s characteristics of being humble and driven by team success is going to make him a day one contributor to The Citadel,” he continued. “Knowing his work ethic and the obstacles he had to overcome to get here, I couldn’t be any more proud of him.”