5-Star, 7-Footer Obiagu Likes Visit to Auburn

Highly-regarded basketball prospect Ikechukwu Obiagu talks about his Saturday visiting the Auburn Tigers.

Decatur, Ga.--Five-star class of 2017 prospect Ikechukwu Obiagu spent Saturday in Auburn at a basketball event for recruits put on by Coach Bruce Pearl and his staff and came away impressed.

The seven-foot center, a 230-pounder from Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy, is rated five stars as the No. 19 overall junior prospect in the country.

“It was a good camp, I enjoyed it,” he said. “We toured around the campus, spoke to the coach, we went to the locker room, we went to the airport to see where the players get on the school plane to travel to games.”

Some of the prospects played in pickup games with other prospects and members of Pearl’s Auburn’s team. “I enjoyed watching that, but I didn’t play,” said Obiagu, who played well this summer on the AAU circuit for the Georgia Stars.

A prospect with lots of scholarship offers, asked if he has a leader, the 17-year-old said, “I am just taking my time with everything so I don’t have one over the other right now.”

Talking about Auburn, he said that he likes Bruce Pearl, calling him a “great coach.”

Serious about his academics, Obiagu is a strong student interested in majoring in math in college and he said Auburn seems to be the type of environment where he could focus on basketball and studies.

Asked about his game as he heads into his junior season, the prospect, who is originally from Nigeria, said, “My strongest point as a player is that I am a shot blocker,” he said. “I am working on becoming a better player offensively. I am working on my jump hook.”

With offers from a variety of SEC programs and others such as Kansas and Wake Forest, he said that plans to return to Auburn and it may be for an official visit after he discusses that possibility with his high school coach.

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