Emerging 2017 SF Kezie Okpala improving stock while recruitment picks up

After watching Kezie Okpala for the first time in November, Scout ranked the 2017 SoCal small forward 99th nationally, but the four-star prospect's game and recruitment have only advanced since then.

In November, Scout introduced small forward Kezie Okpala, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound junior from Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza who had just grown eight inches over a year and a half span.

The 2017 prospect went from an undersized guard who no one had ever heard of to a small forward with very long arms, a budding skill set that includes crafty handles and the ability to create his own shot.

Even though Okpala is a junior, physically he may as well be just entering high school and if you knew nothing about him and were told he was an elite freshman, it would be tough to argue.

Okpala’s ultimate success will be dependent on how much more he grows, how his mobility and athleticism change as he matures and the improvement of his skill set, but at this stage his upside is significant.

After seeing him for the first time, Scout threw Okpala in its Top 100 - he's currently ranked 99th in 2017 - but expect the four-star prospect to move up that list next time rankings are updated.

Considering he holds a 4.4 GPA, it’s no surprise that Okpala already has so many academic oriented schools showing attention.

“I have an offer from UC Irvine with interest from USC, Stanford, California, Cal Poly, Harvard and Princeton,” Okpala said.

Okpala briefly discussed what he likes about the high major programs that are recruiting him.

Cal: “I like how they play and I like the coaches.”

Stanford: “Stanford is one of my dream schools. My parents are always on me about academics and they play against good competition in the Pac-12.”

USC: “I really like the coaches there. I like how they get the best out of you.”

The emerging prospect is unclear when he’ll make a decision as of now.

“It will be all about the right fit but it will depend on who offers and what my options are,” he said.


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