Ekene Ibekwe, 6-9 JR PF, Carson (Calif.) High, is seeing a great deal of very early recruiting attention, from some of the elite programs in the country.
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin, Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson and USC Head Coach Henry Bibby have visited Carson's campus during the current recruiting contact period, and have come away very impressed with the developing big man.
Assistants from North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Utah, and others have also been there. Reportedly, North Carolina asked Ibekwe if he'd like to commit early.
According to sources, Ibekwe's early list includes North Carolina, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, UNLV and Texas. He was a long-time UCLA fan when he was young, but had said a few months ago that USC was his favorite since they were showing him the most attention.
Ebekwe is a kid with tremendous potential. About 6-7 just a year and half ago, he's continuing to grow and could end up 6-10+. He has long arms and is very athletic, with great hops and an ability to run. He has an awkward jump shot, but it's pretty consistent, while he's still developing a back-to the-basket game. Because of the combination of his physical and athletic potential and his coordination, he could very well be the most promising big man on the west coast in the junior class.