Las Vegas Bishop Gorman sophomore Charles O’Bannon Jr. has seen his stock rise this season and is sure to see it continue to do so.
“My recruitment is going well right now,” O’Bannon Jr. said. "I am only a sophomore, so there hasn’t been too much activity, but I’m happy with the process and I’m excited to see what comes in the future.”
Arizona has been active with O’Bannon Jr’s recruitment. Although he is not too familiar with the program, the four-star forward is looking forward to learning more about Arizona.
“The process with them is starting to pick up," O’Bannon Jr. said. "The coaches have been out to see me at some of my games and have shown some interest.
“I do not know too much about Arizona right now. I know how Coach Miller uses his guards and the defense-first mentality he preaches, but I definitely want to take a visit out there and see how Coach Miller and his staff run everything out there."
Offensively, O'Bannon Jr. likes what he sees from the Wildcats.
“I do like how coach has the offense set up with the guards," he said. "They get the ball and go and are always looking to make the right basketball play.
"That is important to me. It’s all about finding the right fit and I could see myself there. Arizona has proven this year and in the past that they can compete with the best programs in the country and that says a lot.”
Being a sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound O’Bannon Jr. has immense talent, but the young standout feels he has a lot of room to improve his all around game.
“As a player it’s important to know where you’re strong and where you need to improve,” he said. “For me, I do well shooting the ball, getting to the rim and creating my own shots.
“The main areas I want to improve on are actually with my physical abilities. I want to become stronger, faster and quicker when I attack the basket. I also notice that I need to stop fading away from contact and power through defenders more.”
O’Bannon currently has no favorites and is looking to play his game and the let his recruitment take care of itself.
“It’s too early for me to think about lists and favorites,” he said. “I want to improve everyday, become a great player and my recruitment will handle itself.”