Men's Basketball Completes Roster With Signing of Amadi Udenyi
The 6-foot guard was a three-year starter for Northern California powerhouse De La Salle.
Aug. 8, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson completed his roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season as he announced the signing of point guard Amadi Udenyi.
The 6-foot Udenyi, who hails from Oakland, Calif., graduated from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School in 2012. He then attended a year of prep school at the St. Thomas More School, located in Oakdale, Conn., in 2012-13.
"Amadi will bring physical and mental toughness to our guard positions," Wilson said. "He also brings much-needed depth and skill to the point guard position, as well as the ability to play off the ball. He is a very competitive defender and is physically prepared to play some valuable minutes right away. I am extremely excited that he is a Wave."
Udenyi was a three-year starter at De La Salle, a Northern California powerhouse. The Spartans went to the California Division I championship game in 2011, the state regional final in 2010 and the state regional semifinals in 2012. The school won three East Bay Athletic League titles and two CIF North Coast Section titles. De La Salle's three-year record with Udenyi in the lineup was 84-12.
"Amadi is one of the greatest defenders I've ever seen," De La Salle Coach Frank Allocco said. "He's as quick as they come and he's strong for his size. He can guard anybody and can take the game over on the defensive end. Offensively he's become a good shooter and he gets to the rim well. He's unselfish and a good floor general. He has an electric personality and people migrate to him because he's fun to be around. He makes teams better because of his personality."
As a 2011-12 senior at De La Salle, Udenyi was named the EBAL's Most Valuable Player while also earning spots on the MaxPreps All-State Division I second team, the San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team and the Contra Costa Times All-East Bay first team. He averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds and was a team captain.
Udenyi was an All-EBAL first team pick as a junior after averaging 11.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists, and was All-EBAL honorable mention as a sophomore with averages of 5.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
"I wanted to come to Pepperdine because of the school's academic prestige, and my family wants me to get a good education," Udenyi said. "I wanted to be on the West Coast and the WCC is a great basketball conference. After meeting Coach Wilson I felt like he was a high-character guy who would make me a better man and a better player in my four years at Pepperdine."
Udenyi was injured for much of his prep season at St. Thomas More. Still, he is one of seven Chancellors moving on to Division I schools this season. St. Thomas More lost in the 2013 NEPSAC AAA final to Brewster Academy.
Udenyi is the seventh newcomer that the Waves have signed for 2013-14. In the fall, they landed a trio of incoming freshmen: Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), Lamond Murray Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) and Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS). Earlier this spring, they added JC transfer Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC) and freshmen David Jesperson (Merrill, Wis./Merrill HS) and Marley Biyendolo (Dingley Village, Australia).