November 28, 2010

UConn Recruiting Tilton School Standout

With a name like Goodluck Okonoboh, you would think that he would have an interesting story of how they got their name. With this story, there was plenty of good luck.

"When I was a baby in my mom's stomach my dad was a cab driver, and one day he was taken to a dead end and shot in the chest by some thugs," Goodluck recounts. "The bullet pierced his heart and the doctors told my mom that he wasn't going to make it, and the best thing she could do was put him on life support for the night."

The next morning, however, the doctor went to check on his father. "Everything was running fine. The doctors have never seen anything like this happen and couldn't believe my father had lived." The next week, their son was born. The boy would be named Goodluck because "while he was suffering all he was thinking about was living to see my face, to not die without seeing his unborn son, and the fact that not everyone in the world is lucky enough to have a father."

With good morals and an amazing story, Goodluck Okonoboh is about to create a story to tell his kids. As a 6-foot-9 forward who attends the Tilton School in Massachusetts, Okonoboh is currently one of the top sophomores in the country.

The power forward can handle and shoot the ball very well. Okonoboh has very good post moves and rebounds well. While he has some solid post moves, Goodluck wants to improve on them and make them better than what they currently are. "When I do that, things will become much more easier," he stated.

As the cousin of UConn forward Alex Oriakhi, Okonboh hopes to win the class B championship and get a national championship with Tilton this season. "We are looking really good and have a lot of talent and hardworking dudes this year," he said.

While Okonboh is Oriakhi's cousin, that does not necessarily mean he is a lock for Storrs.

"Me and Alex are cool," he said. "We don't speak everyday but we talk whenever we get a chance."

Still, the genes run well in the family as some big name colleges are going after Okonoboh. The sophomore is being recruited by a number of teams, including Pittsburgh, Providence, UConn, Minnesota and Washington, to name a few.

The Huskies have a shot at landing the athletic big man. "I think the UConn program is a great one," Goodluck said. "They really know how to develop their players and get them ready for the next level."

While it is uncertain just how good he can be, there is a bit of luck in the air for the talented forward. With a story of survival, Goodluck Okonoboh hopes to move on to bigger and better things in the world as he remains humble.

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