Echefu Excited By Duke

Jon Brockman is scheduled to visit the campus in a couple weeks, but if the rugged power forward from Washington opts to play his college ball on the west coast, Duke will have to look elsewhere for more frontline help.

Meet 6-8 _, 230-pound Montrose Christian (Md.) power forward Uche Echefu.

The Nigerian native, who came to the United States in 2000, is one guy that the Blue Devils will give a serious look – depending on what transpires with Brockman.

``Duke is coming in a few weeks – and so is Kentucky," Echefu said. "It means a lot to me that the top schools in the nation are interested in me."

Montrose Christian does things a little different than most programs. Echefu doesn't have any official visits set up and according to Montrose coach Stu Vetter, the schools that really want him still have to show their hands by dropping by for an in-school visit.

"We'll do some [in school visits] before they would visit the school," Vetter said. "For instance, if a school wants him to visit their campus they would have to come to our campus first, lay out they're whole program and they'll he'll decide if he wants to visit that school."

For now, the 18-year-old Echefu said his top three schools are Michigan, Florida State and Georgia.

``I want to go somewhere that I can get my degree and play for a good coach," said Echefu, who has a 3.7 GPA. "Someone that will help me with my game and also help me with life."

This summer, Echefu took some steps toward solidifying himself as a top prospect. He won three separate awards at Five-Star Camp. He was terrific at Nike Camp. Good enough to vault himself into the Top 50. After Nike, he immediately went back to work on his game.

"Uche's developed into one of the top players in the country," Vetter said. "He's worked very hard on individual improvement. He hasn't traveled around and played in a lot of events because he decided that he wanted to develop his game. By doing that he's developed into one of the best players in the country."

``He's got so much potential," added Montrose assistant David Adkins. "He's only been playing since 2000 and then he came over and hurt his knee. Last year was his first full year playing basketball. He gets better every day. He just wants to get better and he's willing to work at it."

Now, it's within the realm of possibility that Echefu, No. 34 prospect, takes some fall visits. However, the earliest visits would be late September because of the home visits and would have to cease sometime in October when Montrose Christian begins focusing on its high school season. Echefu won't be visiting during the season.

In the end, Echefu is going to have a wide variety of high-majors to pick from.

"Everybody form Maryland, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and a whole host of others [are looking]," Vetter said. "Maryland, Virginia … they're all recruiting him very hard and they'd love to have him. I don't want to leave anyone out and he's not narrowed it down. Those are the ones that stand out in most people's mind."

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