Four-star forward Chris Egi's highlight tape is an exhibition of physicality. Dunk after dunk after dunk after dunk, the 6-foot-9, 210-pounder is not just powerful, but graceful. And there's a lot more where that came from.
"The two things I take the greatest pride in are my motor and being to out-work people at every position," Egi told BearTerritory on Thursday. "Also, my versatility, I can guard players all over the court, at a few different positions, I can dribble, I can pass and I can shoot. I can bring a lot of different things to my team, whatever my team needs."
California – which offered last month -- is quite enamored with Egi, according to sources, and for good reason.
"They said that they see me as a versatile four, at first, and then, maybe later on in my career, maybe even I could be playing a big three," Egi said. "They see me doing a lot of different things in the offense, and allowing them to be an athletic team."
So far, the Bears, Marquette, Washington, Illinois, Northwestern and Vanderbilt have offered, thanks to Egi's globetrotting summer of hoops, which saw him play in Toronto, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Las Vegas.
"I think I did pretty well. I think I really improved my stock and I got some good looks from some good schools," said Egi. "I think I did a good job just competing every game. I'm pretty proud of how I played."
The 16-year old scorer did well enough to help firm up his decision to re-classify from the class of 2015 to 2014.
"Well, I haven't officially made the decision yet, but I'm likely doing that, because I'm in a good position with the schools that I'm looking at. I don't think I have to wait another year," said Egi, who, along with re-classifying to 2014, is also moving schools, from Markham, Ontario's St. Andrews College to Montverde Academy in Florida, which just so happens to be the same school to which current Golden Bears point guard commit Ahmaad Rorie is transferring.
"Coaches said they were going to set me up with him, to get us to talk before we meet up at school," Egi said. "I decided to transfer because there's better competition."
Egi is quickly becoming a one-man United Nations. Born in Canada to Nigerian parents, he has become not only well traveled, but well educated, as well, with a grade average of 95%, which equates to a 4.0 in the United States.
Naturally, Egi's parents were excited when their not-so-little boy scored an offer from the No. 1 public institution in the United States.
"They were really excited about that, because it's just a great school," Egi said. "[Education] is really important to them, especially because it's something that they're really used to."
With the offers currently on the table, Egi wants to narrow down his choices relatively soon, but wouldn't go so far as to say which schools are even in the running.
"I think I'm going to make visits to some of the schools that I like, but I haven't really made any concrete decisions on that, though," Egi said. "I haven't really clarified any of that yet. I think I'll be cutting them down pretty soon."
With the combination of education and basketball, though, Cal has a better shot than most.
"They have a pretty good chance," Egi said. "I really like the school. It's a good school, and I really like the coaches. They're just really honest and they're really good to talk to. They're good people, and they understand what I want to do, and they want to help all of the kids get better."
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