Okonji Takes Fourth Official

Godwin Okonji opted to wait until the spring signing period and it delay in a decision has caused more schools to show interest. He took his fourth official last week and he's contemplating a fifth.

Since Mike Peck and Todd Simon added Godwin Okonji to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep's roster a few years, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward has made drastic improvements to his game.

"His confidence and his skill level has really, really taken off," Findlay assistant Todd Simon said. "Now he's a guy that can get you a bucket, he's a great passer and he dunks everything around the rim."

During his final season at Findlay, Okonji, a native of Nigeria, is averaging nine points and nearly eight rebounds per outing for the Pilots, who are 29-2 on the season.

"The improvement has just been tremendous," Simon said. "He's just been fun to watch. We give him the toughest defensive assignment every time whether it's [Michael] Gilchrist, Quincy Miller or Dwight Powell. He's gone up against those guys and done fine."

In the fall, Okonji took official visits to TCU, Hawaii and New Mexico. Deciding to wait until the spring forced the Lobos to move on, but Okonji has added a few other schools to his list.

"Missouri, Marquette, UCLA, Indiana, Providence and he visited Texas Tech last weekend," Simon said. "They've all been into the gym at some point. He's got one visit left and he has to decide what he wants to do."

"He's undecided right now," he added. "He just needs to sit down and decide what he wants to do. He liked all his visits. He like Texas Tech."

Although there's no direct timetable, Simon thinks Okonji could begin digging deeper into the process over the next few weeks during Findlay's down time.

"We have this little break here in March," he added. "I see him taking his list visit in March and then trying to do something. I think a couple of schools are pushing for a visit. Missouri is one. They are trying to get him out this weekend."


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