2017 Intro: Charles O'Bannon, Jr.
One of the top wing prospects out west in 2017 is 6-foot-4, 190-pound Las Vegas Bishop Gorman’s Charles O’Bannon, Jr. The son of the former UCLA standout and Detroit Piston Charles O’Bannon, Sr., the younger O’Bannon was impressive at the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp. Scout.com had the following evaluation of O’Bannon at the event: At about 6-foot-4 with one of the top wingspans in the camp - he has ridiculously long arms - O'Bannon looks the part at a high level but he can also play. O'Bannon is a big threat to hit three-pointers off the catch and can pull up and knock down jumpers from midrange. You typically don't see young wings with O'Bannon's size, length and shooting ability, which is certainly a good sign for his future. He's still growing and once he levels out and grows into his body, it will be easier to get a feel for what kind of athlete he's going to be, but his skill level is going to make him a good prospect regardless. While O’Bannon knows he can score, he’s working on other areas of his game as well. “I’m a scorer and slasher,” O’Bannon said. “I need to work on my defense. I’ve been working on my ball handling too.” UNLV has already offered O’Bannon, with interest coming in from UCLA, USC, Washington, California, Pepperdine, Kansas and Weber State. Landing the first offer from UNLV was big for the sophomore. “I appreciated it because it showed they have a lot of interest early, before other colleges,” he said. “That really got to me.” While O’Bannon says he grew up watching the Pac-12 and ACC, with his father’s ties to UCLA, it’s a school he spent plenty of time watching growing up. “I watch them all the time,” he said. “Me and my dad watch UCLA videos together. I like everything about them; the coaches, the people and the location.” O’Bannon said he isn’t planning on worrying about his recruitment until his junior year, but he does have an idea of what he’ll be looking for in a school. “I’ll be looking at the coaching staff, location and academics,” he said.
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