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Nation’s Top Juco Recruit Signs with Texas Tech Lady Raiders

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders announced the signing of Emilia “Jojo” Nworie, the nation’s top-ranked junior college recruit, on Wednesday.

Nworie, a 6-foot-5 forward who has three years of eligibility, joins the Lady Raiders with a little experience playing in Lubbock.

“JoJo is the perfect piece to complete our roster,” Tech coach Krista Gerlich said in a release. “She has great size, length and athleticism. She can really run the floor, protect the rim and her footwork is elite. We love her work ethic and goals that she has set for herself. JoJo is a great addition to our post unit and a huge sign for us.”


The 2022 NJCAA All-America selection, Nworie helped lead the College of Southern Idaho to a 30-3 mark in 2021-22.

CSI won the Scenic West Athletic Conference title, the Region 18 title and made it to the NJCAA National Tournament, which was played in Lubbock.

She averaged 12.6 points, grabbed 8.1 rebounds and added 1.9 blocks a season ago.

Nworie shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and scored nearly 500 points in 33 games. She had nine double-doubles, five 20-point outings and 12 games with at least 10 rebounds. In one game, she had 21 points and 24 rebounds.

The Lady Raiders are coming off an 11-19 season that saw them lose in the first round of the Big 12 tournament to Oklahoma State. The Lady Raiders lost a few key pieces from that team, including guard Vivian Gray, who left as one of the most decorated players in Big 12 history.

Matthew Postins can be found on Twitter @PostinsPostcard

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