Baruch Men’s Basketball Star Chimaechi Ekekeugbor has been named NCAA Division III All-American by Street & Smith’s Preseason Basketball Guide. This is a huge honor bestowed upon the senior star, who is looking to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him this preseason. Ekekeugbor can cement himself as one of the greatest Baruch basketball players of all time if his senior season is anything like his incredible junior season. Ekekeugbor, known affectionately by friends and family as “Chima,” has had an incredible career as the Bearcats’ premiere starting forward. The Matawan, New Jersey native’s junior season was one for the ages, as he averaged 19 points per game for the season, along with 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. His performances against the City College of New York, Hunter College, the College of Staten Island, and Old Westbury, in which he scored 29, 25, 27, and 28 points, respectively, were some of his most impressive outings in what was an all-time great season for a Baruch player. The impressive season, in which he was also named a preseason All-American, turned the heads of college basketball fans everywhere towards him.
Ekekeugbor is no stranger to accolades, as he has been heralded as a Division III star by many different outlets. He was named a first team All Star by the Met Basketball Writers’ Association and the CUNY Athletic Conference, a second team All Star by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and a third team All Star by D3Hoops.com. He has been a model of consistency for Bearcats’ Basketball, and is admired by his coaches and teammates alike. He is one of the main reasons Baruch Basketball was able to compete in a very competitive CUNYAC, and finish with a 10-6 record last season. He will now enter his senior season as the veteran star, and will look to lead his team to postseason glory.
A CUNYAC Championship is not the only achievement Ekekeugbor is chasing this season. Currently, he sits in sixth place on Baruch College’s all-time scoring list with 1,499 career points. Should he have a season as he did last season, there is reason to believe his will overtake Chris Beauchamp for the top spot on Baruch’s all-time scoring list. Chima is a mere 74 points away from Beauchamp’s record of 1,573 career points. Considering he scored 531 points last season, it can be assumed that he will shatter Beauchamp’s record barring any major setbacks. Behind Ekekeugbor’ veteran leadership, the Bearcats’ basketball team will look to return to championship glory for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
The Bearcats’ Basketball team will turn its attention to its first matchup of the season; a huge exhibition matchup against Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. This is a huge stage for the team to show what they are made of, and they are no strangers to doing so. The team has opened up their season against a Division I opponent since 2014, when they played Rutgers University. They would face Seton Hall University in 2015, a game they would just narrowly lose in South Orange, NJ, and St. John’s University in 2016. They will look to reverse fortune in this year’s exhibition against a team coming off a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. There is no better stage for the Ekekeugbor led Bearcats to set the tone for what should be an incredible season.
The 2017 Men’s Basketball Season has already started off strong for the Bearcats, as their star has been recognized with an incredibly prestigious honor, an honor he will “use as motivation” to lead the team to a CUNYAC Championship.