Anigbogu making progress

Ike Anigbogu is on the right path as a player. Here's the latest on the emerging 2016 center.

One of the best center prospects on the west in the 2016 class is 6-foot-9, 225-pound Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s Ike Anigbogu.

A big and long post who is raw but making serious progress as a player, Anigbogu is a year young for the class and late to the game, but has a significant upside.

“He just turned 16 so he’s young; he’s almost a full year younger than everyone in the class,” said Centennial head coach Josh Giles. “He’s new to the game and hasn’t been playing as long as some of these other guys. He’s very raw, but he gets better everyday. “

When Anigbogu arrived at Centennial, Giles was coaching a kid who was almost completely new to basketball.

“It’s night and day from when he first got here,” Giles said. “He didn’t even know the terminology when he got here. He’s improved so much. He’s not even the same player.

“He was just so raw when he got here. He’s finally understanding sealing in the post, blocking out, thinking a pass ahead, and all those little things you need to do to get better in the post. He’s really talented and has improved a ton.”

While a long list of schools have come through to see Anigbogu over the last few months, a handful are currently recruiting him the hardest.

“I think California, Tulsa, SMU, Arizona State and Vanderbilt really like him,” Giles said. “Those schools have all offered. He’s a big, athletic body who is completely untapped and no one has any idea how good he could be once he figures it out. “

Coming from a family that stresses academics, Anigbogu could end his recruitment early with the right offer.

“I think if the right school came in and offered him, he would be willing to finish (his recruitment) now,” Giles said. “If it was the right school, he’d be hard-pressed to say no.

“It has to be a school that has really good academics because that’s really important to him and his family. It has to be a program that is as good academically as it is as a basketball program.”

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