Class of 2005 Recruiting Class: Fendi Onobun

Fendi Onobun was the first player to verbally commit and he was the first player to fax in his letter of intent. Onobun is a player who really wanted to be a Wildcat and showed that the Cats were smart to take the early commitment.

Fendi Onobun
6-7, 225, F
Alief Taylor HS
Houston, TX
4-Stars, No. 13 SF (No. 47 overall)

Onobun is one of those rare players who can effectively play either forward spot. He has the strength and tenacity to play in the paint and the athleticism and quickness to play out on the wing. He has a great build, yet he moves very well. He gets most of his points on the inside, but is developing an outside game.

Onobun has great athleticism. He is very versatile, able to do many things well. He has a build that is ready to compete at the college level and he knows how to use his strength. He is in a good position to see time right away because he can play two different spots.

Onobun is very tenacious. He is a monster on the boards and is one of the best rebounders in the class for a player his size. He does not back down when he attacks the rim and battles for every rebound.

He's a very smart, well-spoken young man. His parents stress academics more than they do athletics, but respect all of his ventures. He's good with the media and the public and could be a fan favorite.

Onobun is not the most polished player on offense, especially from behind the arc. He needs to work on his outside shooting. He can also improve his decision making. Every once in awhile he will force shots and try to shoot his way out of a slump. At times during the grueling AAU circuit Onobun would take a few possessions off. He never hurt his AAU team, but we know that Lute Olson will demand 100% effort.

"He's 6-7, a tremendous leaper, a tremendous athlete, a tremendous player. He's got loads of upside ahead of him. He's good now, but he's only going to get better. He's got a 4.0, he's a great student. He's involved with student council. He's just a solid citizen off the floor as well as being a terrific player."
--Hal Pastner, founder Houston Hoops

2005 ROLE:
Onobun's versatility could help him see the floor early. Since he can play either forward spot it gives Lute Olson a lot of options. The only downside is that he may be better suited to play power forward and the Cats could have six other post players on the roster. His rebounding and defense will be a benefit.

REMINDS US OF: Not many players have his mix of strength and athleticism. His game is somewhat similar to players like Antwan Jamison or Shane Battier, guys who played power forward in college but are wings at the next level. He's not the shooter those two developed into, but he's a lot stronger than they were at this stage.

CHOSE ARIZONA OVER: Stanford, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Texas.

FENDI SAYS:"They've been recruiting me since my freshman year and they've shown me a lot of love. Arizona is a school that has been a part of me since ninth grade. With all the guys from home it's like Houston in Arizona. There are a lot of guys from Houston that go there."

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