2006 Target Ekpe Udoh

Udoh is getting accustomed to elite play with Oklahoma-based Athletes First. His recruitment is just getting started, but Udoh is already hearing from major programs, including Illinois. <br><br> Read more about this rising prospect in this update from IlliniBoard.com.

Ekpe Udoh is coming along. The slender 6-foot-7, 190-pound Class of 2006 power forward from Edmond (OK) Santa Fe High School is getting accustomed to big-time AAU basketball with his Athlete's First basketball team as they hit the meat of their schedule in the month of July.

"At first, it was slow because it was the first time I was playing with an elite team," said Udoh. "But now that July comes, I'm ready."

Udoh is a skinny, yet skilled forward prospect. At the recent Great American Shootout in Denton, Texas, he showed an ability to score down in the blocks as well as from mid-range. He has a go-to move with a turnaround one-handed jumper which is not only soft, but hard to block. Defensively, he was active as a shot-blocker. Udoh is most at home down low but he feels he has the ability to go outside and take advantage of mismatches. "Sometimes if I've got a slower big man on me, I'll step him out and go to the basket," said Udoh.

While he's long, Udoh is very lanky and will need to continue building strength to battle bigger players inside. He noted that he is working on his perimeter shooting in addition to getting stronger and quicker.

Schools from all over the States are trying to get involved early with Udoh's recruiting. Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Georgetown, St. John's, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Colorado State are just some schools thst have started sending him mail. Udoh named his top three as Arizona, Illinois, and Cincinnati, and we asked him to comment on all three.

On Arizona: "They've got slender post men, so I like that."

On Illinois: "I just like their style of play. They run the court and score.

On Cincinnati: "I love Bob Huggins. He looks like a calm and cool person. I'd like to play for him one day."

With so many suitors and the fact it's so early in the process, Udoh is in no hurry to make any decision. "It's going to be a long decision making process," said Udoh. "I'm not really thinking about it right now. I just want to get July over with and then we'll see."

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