Nuni Omot's CC coach dishes on commitment

Baylor basketball picked up its second 2016 commitment in Indian Hills CC forward Nuni Omot. His coach, Indian Hills CC's Hank Ploma, spoke with Bears Illustrated about

Indian Hill CC in Ottumwa, Iowa, has put several players onto teams at the next level, including current Baylor PG Lester Medford. After committing to Baylor last week, 2016 forward Nuni Omot became the latest to join the club.

Omot joined forward Mark Vital as the second Baylor basketball commit in Scott Drew’s class of 2016. Omot’s college coach, Hank Ploma, spoke to Bears Illustrated to talk about Omot’s commitment.

Omot came into college around 6-foot-5, but grew to almost 6-foot-9 played his first season last year for Division II Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., and averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a redshirt freshman.

After his growth spurt and strong early performance, Omot transferred to Indian Hills with hopes of getting Division I attention. He is currently in the midst of his first semester after arriving on campus in July.

“Baylor was one of the first schools to give any interest,” Plona said. “Coach Drew was the first Division I coach to come in our gym and see Nuni. They’ve given him the impression that he’s a priority from day one.”

Before committing, Omot also had an offer from Colorado State and interest from Gonzaga, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati, while St. John’s. Iowa State and Wichita State had also stopped by to watch him at various points.

Because of his rapid growth spurt, Omot plays on the wing and continues to have guard skill and athleticism at 6-foot-9. That said, he also is currently listed at 195 pounds.

“I would compare his playing style to guys like Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler, maybe even a little bit of Taurean Prince, a guy who moved from the post to the wing,” Plona said. “Obviously not to say he’s at an NBA All-Star level, but he has the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball.”

Omot made a visit to Baylor last week and committed the same day.

“I think he was very comfortable, I think he felt like there was a need for him on the team,” Plona said. “He felt like it was a group of guys that he could fit very well with. I think it met his expectations in every way.”

Baylor will lose elite frontcourt players Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers after the season. Omot will be a welcome addition to the frontcourt.


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