Atlanta, Ga.--Class of 2017 Auburn basketball signee Chuma Okeke has received high praise from AU coach Bruce Pearl. The six-foot-eight prospect’s fan club includes a coach at one of Okeke’s high school rivals.
Pebblebrook coach George Washington watched Okeke score 36 points to lead his Westlake High team to an exciting 80-78 overtime victory over Pebblebrook on Friday night in a matchup featuring two of the most talented high school teams in Georgia.
“We knew he was a load,” Washington said after the game played before a sellout crowd at Pebblebrook High. “I have seen him since middle school. We know what Chuma brings to the game. He is tough, rugged and skilled.”
Washington has a team loaded with college prospects, too, including six-foot-nine sophomore Jared Jones, who is verbally committed to Auburn.
The Pebblebrook coach said that Okeke is a good role model for Jones.
“I tell everybody that Chuma is the most skilled four man in the country,” Washington said. “Anybody who doesn’t believe it look this game. He had 36 points and he is a guy who doesn’t miss many free throws. He finally missed two in overtime and I was happy.
“He is a great kid and a great player,” said Washington of Okeke, who signed with Auburn in November.