Lancers get a steal

Experience matters. College coaches talk about that all the time, occasionally with an admonishing tone while the country goes crazy about the latest hot thing to enter the game.

And in recruiting, familiarity matters, too. Kanayo Obi-Rapu played his way onto high-major radars last weekend following a superlative showing at the Phenom Hoop Challenge, and in all likelihood he'd have increased his number of scholarship offers from Wofford, Mercer and Longwood.

But playing the always-uncertain waiting game wasn't in the cards for Obi-Rapu, who announced a commitment to the Lancers.

"They were there with me since day one, they went out of their way consistently to see me play and talk and communicate with me," Obi-Rapu told "They showed me love and really got to know me."

Longwood doesn't draw a lot of mention from recruits we cover on the national site, but suffice it to say Obi-Rapu will bring a loftier reputation with him to Farmville, Va., than typically would be the case. A big-time scorer with strength and oozing confidence, Obi-Rapu projects as a multi-year starter for Jayson Gee's program.

Familiarity and affection for the coaching staff weren't the only factors to play into his decision.

"It's a place I would love to go to school even if I didn't play basketball," Obi-Rapu said.

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