Brooklyn Forward Blossoming in the Spring

The Spring signing period is underway for NCAA Division I schools. One basketball player attracting the interest of a number of high-major schools is 6-8, 230 lb. forward Anali Okoloji from Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn, New York. In this report, we hear from the unsigned senior on how his Spring is going.

Interest in Anali Okoloji has blossomed this Spring. At a workout last week, DePaul and TCU both came to see Okoloji. Both schools were impressed enough to immediately followed up by offering scholarships. "Jerry Wainwright came to see me and they offered," said Okoloji. "DePaul wants me to come out on a visit."

An important date looms for Okoloji this week as he expects another wave of college coaches arriving in the Big Apple to check him out. "This Tuesday coming up, I have North Carolina State, Houston, UNLV, Missouri and Oklahoma State coming," Anali said.

Okoloji is getting back on the radar of college coaches after transferring to Charis Prep in North Carolina in the Fall and then transferring back to Banneker once Charis Prep lost their NCAA certification. Despite that detour, Okoloji feels that he is still on target for graduation.

At this juncture, Anali doesn't yet have a favorite and is looking to schedule official visits soon. "I just want to go to a school where I'm going to develop and get better as a player," Okoloji expressed. "I've only been playing for about three years. It's a blessing that I've been playing and getting better."

In the last year, Okoloji has been focusing on improving his perimeter shot. "I'm taking 400 shots a day," said Anali. "I can score inside and out."

With his ability to score both inside and on the perimeter, Okoloji sees himself as a small forward at the next level. "My natural position is the three," Okoloji said. "I'm a solid three, developing into a two."

Anali is also working on becoming more ambidextrous. "I need to work on my left hand."

Helping Okoloji work on his game in New York is long-time skills coach Mike Rodgers. "He's a gym rat," Rodgers said. "He could be an impact player depending on where he goes."

Stay tuned to for the very latest on Okoloji's recruitment this Spring.

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