Ibekwe hopes to raise his stock

Ekene Ibekwe has had mixed results at the Adidias Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas. He struggled in his first game of the tournament, and has since showcased the skills that have some of the best schools in the nation looking at him.

Ibekwe is a long, rangy power forward from Carson, CA that feels most comfortable on the perimeter. Unlike most big men who want to further develop their outside game, Ibekwe wants to get better on the inside.

"I'm trying to develop into a post player," Ibekwe said. "I've always been a perimeter player. I'm trying to do both to be a more versatile threat."

He's got the height, but lacks the bulk to be a true banger in the post. This is a fact that isn't lost on Ibekwe.

"I've got to work on my strength. I need to get a lot stronger."

A fantastic athlete, he is able to do a wide variety of things well. He's got quickness and can put the ball on the floor much better than most players who are 6-9. He has showcased a shake-and-bake, a sweet spin move and can finish the fast break with the give-and-go.

"The college coaches and scouts are here," Ibekwe said. "I hope to play well and raise my ranking."

His stock doesn't have to rise too much. He's getting serious attention from Maryland, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky USC and UNC.

"I'd like to make a decision before my senior season," he said. "I'm looking for a good style of play, the type of coach I can get along with and a great school environment." The one knock on Ibekwe is that he doesn't always go hard. He's tenacious when attacking the basket or skying for a block, but at times he tends to float. If he can stay focused and add bulk, he has the makings of one of the better big men in the class.

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