O'Bannon recruitment expanding

Charles O'Bannon, Jr. has used a strong second half of his sophomore season to start adding to his offer list.

During the fall in camp settings, the potential of 6-foot-5, 190-pound Las Vegas Bishop Gorman wing Charles O'Bannon, Jr. was pretty clear.

However, during the early stages of his sophomore season, the 2017 prospect struggled to get off the bench for a veteran team.

"At the beginning of the season I wasn't even playing certain games," O'Bannon said. "It was a big step up for me. I started to get playing time and I've been building off that."

As O'Bannon felt more confident in his ability, he performed better in practice and eventually earned a bigger role on Bishop Gorman.

"My confidence has improved a lot," he said. "I realized I could play with these guys and my playing time increased from that."

O'Bannon was impressive at the Nike Extravaganza, earning the following evaluation from Scout:

O’Bannon didn’t play much at the beginning of the season, but is now being used as a scoring weapon off the bench and has been successful in the role. He has nice size and length for a wing and brings a scoring mentality every time out. O’Bannon’s upside is high and it’s good to see him moving from prospect to player.

The four-star prospect is pleased with his development but is working on getting better.

"My game is coming along well but there's room for improvement," O'Bannon said. "I'm still working on my ball handling, defense and improving my jump shot."

UNLV offered O'Bannon early, with recent offers coming in from Arizona, Washington and USC.

"I really like Arizona, everything about them," he said. "Playing style, coaching staff, location, everything.

"I love coach (Lorenzo) Romar. He's one of my favorite coaches I talk to. I took an unofficial there and really liked it. I've talked to USC here and there but am still learning about them."

Louisville, UConn, UCLA and Kansas are the other programs showing interest in O'Bannon, who says he hasn't paid too much attention to his recruitment at this point.

"Not yet," he said.

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