Obi-Rapu an unsigned senior shooter

As we've discussed during our various posts and Roundtables, many spring signees end up getting over-recruited due to the numerous transfers at Division I programs and the ensuing desperation on the part of college coaches.

But Kanayo Obi-Rapu is an uncommitted senior who's actually getting under-recruited, and perhaps substantially so.

A 6-4 SG at Greensboro (N.C.) New Garden Friends, Obi-Rapu was sensational this past weekend at the Phenom Hoop Challenge. He scored 35 points in a narrow overtime defeat to the powerful Karolina Diamonds, and to all in attendance he appeared to be a very good mid-major prospect, and perhaps higher if one regards him as a specialist.

And clearly, Obi-Rapu possesses the tools to be a category shooter. He wields a feathery three-point shot that he can hit even when contested, and he knocks them in off the dribble and from the wings, corners and top of the key. His release is perhaps a touch slow, but not fatally so and in the right offense — surrounded by the right teammates — he could blossom at the next level and play a critical role for a collegiate program.

While not an athletic dynamo, he isn't sufficient in that regard and also carries a sturdy frame that should enable him to develop into a power wing.

At this juncture, he holds three firm scholarship offers.

"Wofford, Mercer and Longwood have offered me," Obi-Rapu said. "St. Bonaventure came in late and wanted to come down, and Murray State contacted my coach, but I'm cool with my three."

Obi-Rapu included a qualifier, however:

"I'm definitely still open to bigger schools," he said.

But the question is whether he'll opt to wait. He confirmed via his Twitter account that may announce this week for one of his three favorites, although he always could change his mind and perhaps continue to play at spring events that allow unsigned seniors.

The elephant in the room for many unsigned spring seniors is academics. There's a reason some of the best talents remain lightly recruited.

But not only is Obi-Rapu a qualifier, he's actually a good student.

"Right now, my GPA is between a 3.7 and a 3.8," he said.

We'll see over the next few days whether he calls a winner or awaits new entrants.

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