2005 Focus: Fendi Onobun

Fendi Onobun is a very bright kid. He knows that because he is forced to play in the post at Alief Taylor, coaches think he's a tweener. However, the junior forward can do more than just score in the paint - and he's looking to show that every chance he can.

Fendi Onobun hates being called an undersized post player or a tweener, but he understands why that's often the label bestowed upon him.

The Alief Taylor (Texas) 6-6, 220-pound junior really has no choice but to play down low in high school because of necessity.

Last year Alief Taylor went 11-20. This year they began the season 10-6 and Onobun is averaging 14 points and eight boards per contest, which are actually a slight drop from his numbers as a sophomore.

While many people haven't really gotten a chance to see his versatility in high school, Onobun can knock down the mid-range jumper with consistency and has terrific footwork in the paint.

``He's probably the best junior athlete in the state," Houston Hoops boss Hal Pastner said. "He's got a huge upside and is a tremendous leaper. For him, it's not necessarily where you are – but where you're headed. And I think he's headed for stardom."

``He always wants to get better and never takes anything for granted," added Pastner.

Admittedly, Onobun realizes he needs to work on his ballhandling and his body control while facing the basket – and his overall consistency.

``I've had big games where I've scored 24 and 22 points and then also games where I've only gotten 6 or 8," he said. "But I think part of it is because I'm seeing every type of defense you can imagine. So many different zones it's ridiculous."

Onobun, who boasts a 3.6 GPA, said that his trio of leaders at this point are Stanford. He's smart and savvy enough to realize the difference between the schools just sending him mail and those who have shown serious interest with consistent phone calls to his coaches. Wildcats coach Lute Olson has been to Alief Taylor on three separate occasions to watch Onobun.

``I want to go somewhere that they show me strong interest and are willing to work with me and make me a better player," he said. "I want to go somewhere that I'll comfortable – where I fit in with the program and am comfortable with the team."


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