Ondigo Talks Final Five Of Colorado, Boston College, Texas Tech, Nevada and Purdue

After playing a prep season at the Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut this winter, Malik Ondigo has returned home to Arizona and shifted focus to recruiting. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound big man with a 7-foot-1.5 wingspan has trimmed his list to five programs with the late signing period looming.

Malik Ondigo has already taken an official visit to Boston College and he is in the process of scheduling his remaining trips. He spoke about each of his finalists:

Colorado: “It is a nice school. Boulder is a wonderful town and Tad Boyle is a great coach, he knows what he is doing up there. He was a former player himself, played at Kansas, and he is bringing in a good recruiting class this year. He is preaching to me if I come in, I will just make it even stronger. There is an opportunity for early playing time in the front court there so he has preaching that a lot to me.”

Boston College: “The ACC is the best basketball conference in college basketball. They said they would put me in a position to get early minutes and grow and play and start with a young team. I took an official visit there while I was on the East Coast and it was a really intriguing situation. They have really strong guard play. They have a bright future and I feel like I could fit in there.”

Purdue: “Big Man U: JaJuan Johnson, Caleb Swanigan, Isaac Haas, A.J. Hammons. They just produce big men. They don't get one-and-done types, they get a big man and they develop them. And they are winners.”

Nevada: “Coach [Eric] Musselman has done a great job. He took them to the tourney this year and does a great job recruiting, getting transfers from the ACC to come in and play. I played against Cam Oliver a few years back in AAU and I saw his development from being just a freak athlete to developing his skills and expanding his jumper. Now he is projected to be a draft pick this year so their player development, with what they did with him in the matter of two years, is impressive.”

Texas Tech: “I have been building a great relationship with [assistant coach] Mark Adams throughout the recruiting process, also [head] coach [Chris] Beard. If I went there, I would be comfortable with them. They are losing three front court players so I could go in and play right away.”

The last day of the late signing period is May 17, so Ondigo expects to decide sometime before then, but he does not want to “rush” the process. Each of his finalists has told Ondigo they project him as a versatile big man.

“Defensively they know I can defend multiple positions and then offensively, I can space out the court from 15-feet-and-in and score in multiple ways,” he said.

Even though Ondigo was always taller than his peers growing up, he was more of a “video game cat” and did not play organized basketball until he got into high school. Ondigo is still considered to be "pretty raw" by Scout's basketball recruiting analysts, but his stock rose after a prep season out East.

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