Friday, November 23, 2012

Northern Arizona Signs Ako Kaluna

Northern Arizona already had an impressive five-man recruiting class, but they got a big sixth recruit (both literally and figuratively) on Wednesday with the signing of 6'7'' post Ako Kaluna.

Kaluna adds a true big man into the NAU fold, as he averaged 16.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game last season. As Jack Murphy said, while the Lumberjacks class certainly didn't lack for talent, they were missing that true post that could bang down low and grab the tough rebounds.

"Ako brings toughness, athleticism and size to the post and fills a need in this class that was missing up to this point," said Murphy. "He is a strong kid that is very skilled. He looks like the prototypical left tackle but he really loves the game of basketball."

Kaluna said that he chose NAU because he felt comfortable and wanted there.

“When (NAU head coach) Jack Murphy was saying how much he wanted me to play and be able to play right away, then their point guard came up and introduced himself and told to me how much they needed me, to have someone from the team tell me that made me comfortable,” Kaluna said.
Josh Gershon of scout.com calls Kaluna an "athletic and hard-working post."

Northern Arizona has been trying to create a brand with #NAUTakeover on Twitter. With Jack Muprhy leading the program and the talented guys that they are bringing in, the basketball program could soon be leading the way there.

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