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May 24, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia men’s head basketball coach Pete Gillen has announced the signing of 6-11 center Tunji Soroye to a national letter of intent. Soroye is a Nigerian who played for Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md. He signed the letter of intent with Virginia during the recent signing period.

Soroye averaged 11.2 points and 8.9 rebounds a game as a senior at Montrose Christian School during the 2003-04 season. He was voted the Most Valuable Player of the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament (NACA) and was voted a NACA All-American.

“We are thrilled to have Tunji Soroye join our basketball family,” Gillen said. “He’s a talented big man who is very athletic and has a great upside. He will fit in extremely well in our up-tempo style of play.”

Montrose Christian compiled a 45-5 record with Soroye on the team the last two years. The team was 20-1 his junior season in 2002-03 and ranked among the Top 10 high school teams in the nation by USA Today. Montrose Christian was 25-4 his senior season and ranked 19th in the nation by USA Today.

Virginia signed 6-7 small forward Adrian Joseph of Trinidad and 5-11 point guard Sean Singletary of Philadelphia, Pa., during the early signing period in November.

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