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For Immediate Release: January 4, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball signs 6-foot-2 Canadian guard Lukusa to NLI

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University men's basketball has signed 6-foot-2 combo guard Chretien Lukusa (Scarborough, Ontario) to a National Letter of Intent, the school announced today.

Lukusa, who was born in Zaire, is in the midst of his fifth and final year at Eastern Commerce Collegiate School, where he is a starting guard and team captain. His Saints team is 8-0 this season and bidding for the program's eighth consecutive Toronto South league title under head coach Roy Rana. He was recently selected as MVP at the Metro Hoops Showcase - held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto - after scoring 16 points.

"We are very excited to have Chretien join our program," head coach Al Walker said. "He is one of the premier young players in Canada and he will be projected as a tremendously athletic, competitive and tough-minded guard for our program's future."

As a junior, Lukusa averaged 11 points, five rebounds and three assists as the Saints' sixth man. The team went 32-2 and won a conference championship before bowing out in the Ontario qualifier. Lukusa was a regional all-star, and was a first team all-tournament selection at the Holiday Classic.

"Chretien is easily one of the strongest and most powerful guards in our country," said East Commerce head coach Roy Rana, who has coached Lukusa for five years. "He has consistently gotten better every year and is an incredible character guy who is so solid in all areas of the game. He will be a great citizen at Binghamton."

Last summer, Lukusa was captain and a key component of Canada's Junior National Team, which competed in the FIBA Americas Qualifying tournament in Texas. That squad placed fourth to earn a berth into the 2007 FIBA Junior World Championships.

He also was a member of the 2005 Juvenile Provincial team that captured the gold medal at the national championships.

Binghamton has two more scholarships to give for the 2007-08 season.

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