Arlington Country Day head coach Rex Morgan makes no bones about it. Despite a very talented roster, his team simply isn't the same without Etou on the floor.
"We're undefeated with him playing," said Morgan. "He got hurt about six weeks ago and just got cleared to practice (Monday). He tore all the ligaments in his left ankle, and we just aren't the same team without him. We are glad to have him back."
Morgan continued, "A perfect example would be our game against Memphis (TN) Southwind. The big they have, Jonathan Williams, he is a great talent, and Junior had 14 points, 19 rebounds, and nine blocks. He can give you numbers like that."
Recruiting wise it is no surprise that numerous schools are very interested in Etou. Several have made their way to Arlington Country Day to check on his progress.
"He will be able to make his pick from pretty much anybody I think," Morgan stated. "West Virginia and Maryland are up there right off the bat. I know that there are some others like Arizona. Honestly everybody that has seen him has loved him."
With all of the interest Etou is in no rush to make his choice. Morgan says that a decision will come later in the process.
"With him it is a situation where after AAU he will make some visits and then make a decision," explained Morgan. "He isn't looking to do anything quickly."
For now Etou is simply focused on getting healthy and continuing to get better. Having just spent a little over a year in the United States he is still adjusting to the game, but Morgan says the improvements are definitely coming.
"Luke Walton saw him against Southwind and felt Junior played as hard as every big kid he has seen," said Morgan. "Junior has only been over here for about a year. He has to have a better focus with the ball in terms of scoring more instead of passing. He can knock down the 16 or 17 foot jump shot and I would like to see him shoot that more often."
Currently Etou is ranked as the No. 23 power forward prospect and the No. 90 prospect overall.