Notebook: Eyes on Anigbogu

In our weekly Notebook feature, the Scout.com national team explores creative and broad topics from the grassroots hoops realm.


Anigbogu's stock improving


Scout has spent a long time on the bandwagon of Ike Anigbogu (pictured above), a 2016 center from Corona (Calif.) Centennial.

Ranked 64th nationally in his class, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound prospect entered his junior year with plenty of expectations. He may have been more prospect than player, but watching Anigbogu over the summer and realizing he was a year young for his class with broad shoulders, long arms, big hands and impressive defensive instincts, it was easy to predict him turning the corner sooner than later.

Watching Anigbogu over the course of his junior year, it's pretty clear that the corner has been turned, yet there is still nothing but upside. He started the season as a shot blocking, defensive and rebounding specialist, but Anigbogu has added a right hook shot to his scoring arsenal, while his drop step continues to evolve as well. He's a powerful kid and once he makes his move to the basket, he's tough to stop, yet still is learning to use his physical tools to his advantage.

A high academic kid, it's been assumed that Stanford and UCLA will be schools to beat, although California, Arizona, USC and Vanderbilt are amongst the others involved.

Don't be surprised when the offers come pouring in for Anigbogu in the spring.

— Josh Gershon


Williams one to watch


Junior center Grant Williams commanded attention at last weekend’s NCISAA playoffs. Although Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day came up short against the ultimate champion, Greensboro (N.C.) Day, Williams impressed at the event.

Williams employs both power and sure hand-eye coordination

He’s undersized for center at just 6-7, and he isn’t the most explosive leaper, but he’s powerful at 235 pounds and understands how to use his body for interior scoring and rebounder. Williams also possesses fine hands and a soft touch inside. And while it doesn’t project to be a major factor in his game in college, he can step out and knock down some threes as well.

Some schools will insist on a taller post anchor, but don’t be surprised if Williams nabs a few high-major offers by the end of summer. Already, Winthrop and Mercer reportedly have offered, with interest also coming in from high academic schools as well.

— Rob Harrington


Brown postpones Ann Arbor trip


Scout's top player in 2015 -- Jaylen Brown -- opted to put off taking his scheduled Michigan trip last week.

Instead, Brown, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, is focused on winning a state championship. Wheeler is set to take on Pebblebrook in the state championship on Saturday.

Brown is nearly finished with the process

According to a source close to Brown, he has yet to reschedule his trip to Michigan. The Wolverines jumped into his recruitment with North Carolina at the beginning of his senior season. Once his senior season ends, Brown will dive back into the process.

The Michigan trip was slated to be Brown's final official visit. Brown has already taken officials to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA, plus has taken multiple unofficial visits to Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Brown was named a 2015 McDonald's All-American.

— Evan Daniels


Flyers taking off


Archie Miller has things working well at Dayton. This year Dayton only has six scholarship bodies eligible, but things are looking bright in the future with a solid 2015 class, and now the Flyers off to a good start in 2016 as well.

On Monday, the Flyers added junior wing Trey Landers, one of the best athletes in the Midwest in the class of 2016. Against Findlay Prep he was tremendous and did a great job on both ends of the floor, and really frustrated Allonzo Trier. Also, Landers is someone who knows his strengths and knows his limitations, so he is always playing within himself and not doing too much.

The Flyers got involved early with Landers, and that paid off as he committed to the school before others had a great chance to evaluate him. Who knows if Landers plays his way into the top 100, but this is a kid that Dayton has to get, and their organization and focus led to the early commitment.

— Brian Snow

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article


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