June 27, 2011

UConn Likes BABC Forward

Goodluck Okonoboh's name may be tough to remember, but once you watch him play you won't forget who he is. A 6-foot-7 forward from Tilton School in New Hampshire, Okonoboh's squad finished at 25-5 for the season. "We did really well for a very young team," he stated. "Individually, I thought I did really well and was definitely a force."

On the AAU circuit, things will be the same as the 2013 recruit runs with national power, BABC. "AAU is going real good right now," Okonoboh stated. "We are going to win everything; simple as that." With an amazingly talented team, the level of success is extremely high for this rising star.

With a smooth but aggressive game, the combo forward is a rebounding machine. Okonoboh is a defensive stud in the Tilton and BABC frontcourt with fellow teammate Nerlens Noel,and together the two are a nightmare combination. Okonoboh has a very complete post game as he blocks and alters shots on defense, while scoring in the low post on offense. He has the ability to find the open man and can be a real play maker through his ability to play down low and still make moves. While Okonoboh needs to get stronger, the rising junior is making strides in his training and has increased his muscle over the spring.

Although it's very early in his recruitment, Okonoboh is hearing from, "Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Minnesota, UConn, West Virginia, Harvard, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Florida, Louisville, Providence, Texas and others." Right now, no one is standing out to the forward, however, he is extremely gracious of every school. "I love every school that is expressing interest and who has offered," he said. "I don't have any specific favorites, I'm just blessed to be getting looks period. No specific coach stands out to me. Every coach I've talked with so far has been real cool."

As June 15th hit and college coaches could begin calling rising juniors, a plethora of schools called him. He heard from UConn, Harvard, Louisville, Penn State, Penn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, DePaul, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Providence, Texas and Temple. On top of that, the Orange officially offered him a scholarship.

One school who loves the local product is UConn. Okonoboh plans to take a few visits after the July Live Period and Storrs could be a potential location.

"I like UConn a lot," he stated. "I talk to Coach (Glen) Miller and he is a real cool and down to earth person. We've talked a lot, and we'll see where that relationship goes."

To Goodluck, this entire recruitment process, and basketball as a whole and life in general is a blessing. "When my dad was shot and lived, it showed me that life is precious," he stated. "It showed me that I should never take anything for granted because no one knows when their time will come." As someone who is wise beyond their years, Goodluck Okonoboh will be a special person and player to the school who ends up landing this talent.


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