Egekeze Receives First Two Offers

Huntley's Amanze Egekeze picked up two scholarship offers following an impressive performance at the Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville, Indiana last weekend. Learn more about the rising star in the class of 2014 in this report.

Within the next two days, Egekeze had picked up his first two scholarship offers courtesy of DePaul and Toledo.

DePaul associate head coach Ron Bradley has been following Huntley's Amanze Egekeze for awhile now and was impressed with what he saw from the young man on the court with the 16 and Under Illinois Wolves AAU team in Merrillville.

"They've been saying that they're really surprised with my progression since the last time they saw me," said Egekeze. "I've been playing really well. They were able to see my versatility. What they were most impressed with was how I can play inside and out. That's basically what got me the offer from DePaul yesterday and Toledo earlier today."

Bradley had also been out to Huntley in the far Northwestern suburbs of Chicago to see the 6-7, 195 lb. sophomore forward in action.

"He had also come out to visit me earlier in the high school season at the school," said Amanze.

In addition to the DePaul and Toledo offers, Egekeze is also getting interest from Big 10 schools such as Michigan and Wisconsin.

DePaul has taken a keen interest in Egekeze and his Illinois Wolves teammates. DePaul coach Oliver Purnell has now offered Egekeze and fellow 2014 forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Malek Harris as well as 2015 guard Jordan Ash.

Amanze is working on making the transition from being a post player to someone who can play the three at the next level.

"I'm very versatile," said Egekeze. "I played the post my whole life. I started the process of developing a perimeter game a few years ago. My coach told me more and more that I'll be a wing in college, most likely a small forward. I've been really working on that aspect of my game. I'm getting more consistent with my jumpshot , also improving with my ballhandling, and also perimeter defense as well. As a guy with longer limbs, I haven't been very used to playing down in the squatting position a lot. I'm trying to learn new things about playing the perimeter and what it's all about and just go from there."

Amanze and his Illinois Wolves teammates will be in action at the 17 and under level at a tournament in St. Louis this weekend.

Stay tuned to for the very latest on the best prospects in the state of Illinois.

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