O'Mara continues to draw interest

Three-star center Sean O'Mara continues to garner significant interest.

Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy center Sean O'Mara is winding down an excellent junior season. The 2014 three-star prospect has been very consistent in leading his team to one of the best records in the state. With his recruitment picking up, O'Mara has made several unofficial visits this season.

"We are doing really well right now," said O'Mara. "We are 24-5 and having a very strong year again against a very good schedule. For us to play as many good teams as we have and see as many good players as we have, that is going to really help us be prepared for the playoffs."

For the 6-foot-8 and 225 pound O'Mara he has more responsibility than ever on his team as a go-to player, but he says his role is basically still the same.

"I have kind of the same role as last year," O'Mara explained. "I have to be able to control the paint in every game. As a team if we can control the paint and rebound on both ends of the floor we will do really well. This is my first year as a captain which means I have to step up and be a vocal leader which is a little different, but I am learning."

Recruiting wise a handful of schools continue to stay in close contact with O'Mara.

"The schools I have been talking to most are Xavier, Dayton, Iowa State, Illinois has come up to a couple of games, Oakland, and then also a couple of more schools," noted O'Mara.

The most recent visit for O'Mara was to Iowa State, and it is one that he definitely enjoyed.

"I got to watch their game and get in the locker room before and after the game," said O'Mara. "That let me see how their coaches handle their players, and I think they did a good job both times I went out there. Both times I have been out there I spent a lot of time with the players and I really like them, and they have the kind of people I would like to be teammates with."

He continued about the Cyclones, "Iowa State could be a pretty good fit and I like Coach (Fred) Hoiberg a lot as well. He does a lot of good work with his bigs."

Also this year O'Mara took a trip down to Xavier.

"Xavier has a great coaching staff," explained O'Mara. "Coach (Chris) Mack is doing a great job with his guys and they have an opportunity if they keep winning to win their conference, and they have a really good team. Semaj Christon is a great point guard and Travis Taylor was very athletic down low and did some impressive things when I was there."

Likewise O'Mara made an unofficial visit to Dayton, and he came away impressed with UD Arena.

"That environment was crazy," said O'Mara of Dayton. "Every seat in the arena was filled before the game even started and it was impressive to see. They fought Butler pretty hard I thought. Dayton didn't necessarily have someone to matchup with Butler inside, but I think if they get that true center it is the piece that would really help them a lot."

When it comes to Illinois, the Illini offered O'Mara and the interest is still there from both parties.

"They offered me over the summer and I have been kind of keeping in touch with them," explained O'Mara. "I know they got a center recruit in the 2012 class, so I haven't been talking to them as much since then, but we will see what happens. Still they have been coming up to my games here and there."

For now O'Mara is focusing on his season and making a run in the state tournament, but he does know what factors will be important to him when he does make his college decision.

"The first thing is education," said O'Mara. "I am looking to go into engineering, so I am looking for a good engineering program. After that I am looking at the style of play. Do they like to use two big guys or one big guy, and I am fine with either one, but at my high school we use two big guys with one in the high post and one down low and that works real well for me. Also it will be about the relationships that I have built with the coaches and players. When I go to a college I want to be comfortable right away."

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