Okonoboh has options

Due to his recent play, Goodluck Okonoboh has become a hotly pursued post prospect. Okonoboh, who is one of the top shot blockers in the 2014 class, has a handful of high major scholarship offers.

Goodluck Okonoboh made a few key changes this past fall. The 6-foot-9 post prospect opted to reclassify to the 2014 class and moved to Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham & Monson Academy for his final two years of high school.

Both moves appear to be paying off for the four-star big man.

"I think people knew that he was a very good shot blocker," Mass Rivals coach Vinny Pastore told Scout.com. "I think he has consistently shown that he might be the best shot blocker in that class. If not, he's one of the top couple."

"The thing with Goodluck is that he's actually begun to get the freedom to do some things offensively," Pastore added. "He's coming along offensively. He's got pretty good touch and is beginning to score the basketball a little bit."

Defensively, Okonoboh is shining at Wilbraham & Monson. His length, timing and athleticism make him a presence in the paint.

"You have to do something at a high level to play at the highest level," Pastore said. "He's going to block shots at the highest level. His timing is unbelievable and his desire and will is something that few people have."

Up until this year Okonoboh has played alongside Kentucky standout Nerlens Noel in both high school and AAU ball. Pastore thinks getting away from Noel has helped Okonoboh grow as a player.

"I love Nerlens Noel, but I think playing alongside Nerlens Noel, didn't help him shine," Pastore said. "Having his own stage has been significant for him."

Okonoboh's recruitment has also picked up. According to Pastore, Okonoboh currently holds scholarship offers from Gonzaga, Syracuse, Minnesota, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall and Connecticut.

"Going 2014 has brought for him a ton of interest," he said. "I think the question for him is where is he interested. I think he's interested in Kentucky because of the relationship. I don't know how that will turn out."

Indiana and UCLA have also show interest in the talented big man.

"I think this is the first time for him that he's gotten shown this type of love," Pastore said. "He's trying to figure out what it all means."

Okonoboh is currently ranked No. 75 overall in the 2014 class.

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