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Khufu Najee

School

IUPUI

Position
Guard
Major
General Studies

Classroom

Khufu Najee owns a 3.71 grade-point average while majoring in general studies. The Berkeley, Calif., native completed his undergraduate studies this past summer and is now pursuing a master’s degree in sports journalism. He was named to the NABC Honors Court in 2014 and chosen to the Summit League’s Academic Honor Roll as a Distinguished Scholar.

Character

Najee has overcome a lot to make it to IUPUI and ultimately earn his degree. He walked away from the basketball court twice, both times thinking he’d never return. He originally committed to San Jose State after attending junior college, but walked away from the game due to tough family circumstances. He was convinced to return by Hancock College Head Coach Ralph Gorton, who convinced Najee to play, which led to his earning a scholarship opportunity at IUPUI. The 6-foot-4 guard has made the most of his time, earning a spot on the Summit League’s All-Newcomer Team last season by averaging 9.9 points per game.

Community

Najee has served as a leader in the community and on campus, frequently appearing on behalf of the IUPUI basketball program. He was chosen to participate in the NCAA Mock Selection last year, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament selection process inside the national headquarters. Najee also has been active with the IUPUI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and with the Jags Reading Club.

Competition

Najee was selected to the Summit League’s All-Newcomer Team a season ago, averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 32 appearances (30 starts). He hit 43.3 percent from the field and a team-high 81.3 percent at the free throw line while scoring in double-digits 17 times. He scored 20 points or more in a game twice, including a 22-point effort versus SEMO on Nov. 16, 2013.