East Carolina has its first dedication of the 2023 recruiting class, and it is a big one. Six-foot-11, 200-pound big man Cyr Malonga has introduced his pledge to the Pirates coming off his official go to to campus in early September.
Malonga, rated three stars and the Thirty first-best heart nationally for the 2023 class per the 247Sports Composite, selected ECU over finalists Cincinnati and Seton Hall. His different presents all through the recruiting course of included Georgetown, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi State, and Texas, amongst others.
Malonga, a local of the Republic of Congo, introduced his dedication to ECU over a video on Twitter. He attends Evangel Christian School in Louisville, Ken., and performed journey ball for Boo Williams on the EYBL.
“Being a basketball participant means loads to me,” Malonga stated. “Committing to a basketball program and simply having the ability to play this sport I like is greater than the rest I may have thought of. Every highschool basketball participant will get one other stage to attain after their highschool profession. Having school presents are good, however on the finish of the day, you solely get to select one.
“I would love to thank God first for permitting me to give you the chance to play basketball and for at all times being right here for me. Also, I would love to thank my household, all my school coaches which have supplied me a scholarship. Thank you for believing in me. And thanks to all highschool coaches which have helped me going into this course of.
“With that being stated, I can be committing to East Carolina University.”
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Malonga has solely performed organized basketball for 3 years. He moved from the Republic of Congo to the United States so as to pursue his basketball profession. He grew up taking part in soccer earlier than hitting a development spurt. His athleticism permits him to run the ground and guard a number of positions. His offensive sport may have to be developed, however he’s already often known as a shot blocker and rim protector.
The 247Sports Composite ranks Malonga the 224th participant nationally, and the third-best participant in Kentucky.
Most of Malonga’s presents got here in 2020 shortly after he began taking part in basketball, however he additionally picked up presents this summer season from ECU, Cincinnati and Seton Hall. ECU supplied in July and welcomed him on an official go to in September, through the weekend of the NC State sport.