2003 Spotlight: Omari Israel

Omari Israel might not be having the kind of junior season he envisioned for his team, but Good Counsel's rough 2001-02 season hasn't prevented college recruiters from stopping by to check on him.

Rough Season Frustrates Israel

Omari Israel is a high-spirited member of the class of 2003. When explaining Good Counsel's disappointing season to date (4-8 in WCAC league play and currently in 7th place), the 6-7 combo forward from Wheaton Maryland points out that his team will have chances to avenge early season losses in the next few weeks.

Two games Israel points to in particular are St. John's and Gonzaga, who both were victorious against Good Counsel earlier in the season, but who Israel believes Good Counsel can beat this time around. Israel said that Good Counsel was improving and looking to get off to a good start on the rest of their season with a big game against Bishop O'Connell later this week.

Israel has been disappointed this year with his lack of scoring (between 15 and 16 points per game), but points out that he has been double or triple teamed all season. Also, most teams play zone against Good Counsel to try and neutralize his strength around the basket, which Israel admits frustrates him. Ever on the optimistic side, however, Israel said that playing against so many zones has forced him to step outside for more outside shots, and he said that his jumper was the most improved aspect of his game. He's no slouch on the rebounding end either, where he averages around 11 a game.

At recent games, Israel has had scouts from Miami (FL), Tennessee, Maryland, UVA, and Charlotte in attendance. In addition, he says scouts from Michigan and South Carolina have visited Good Counsel practices. As of now, Israel has no plans to take any unofficial visits, but he did visit Maryland and Virginia in his sophomore year.

Israel says that he's still exploring his options and that he has no geographical preference at this time. College coaches will get a better chance to see Israel showcase his talents this summer when he plays his third year for DC Assault.

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