Nnana Egwu Becoming Increasingly Popular

With the July AAU tournaments about to begin, college coaches are chomping at the bit to get out and watch their top recruiting prospects. They are especially looking for improvement, and few basketball players are improving more rapidly than upcoming junior Nnana Egwu. Illini coaches will no doubt be following him wherever he plays.

Nnana Egwu participated with his St. Ignatius team in the recent Illinois team camp held at Moody Bible College in Chicago. As he has done each time he has played in public, he showed tremendous potential.

Egwu hasn't been playing basketball very long.

"Just over two years," he explains.

The slender 6'-9" postman is a work in progress, but his rebounding and shot blocking ability alone make him an intriguing prospect. But he has been working hard on other parts of his game. What has he improved the most?

"I think it's my mid-range jumper, my shot."

If Egwu can knock down that jumper, he will become much more effective as defenders can't just guard the block. He can then use his athleticism to free himself for open shots in the post. That is his next goal.

"I want to improve my offensive game in the post. I want to add some moves."

Illinois has offered the upcoming junior a scholarship. He came to campus for a visit in May.

"I had been to Illinois already. I visited last November, but the second time we visited more places and saw more of the campus. It was really nice. They had some nice facilities, it's impressive."

Unfortunately, his parents were unable to join him on that trip. Since they will play an important role in his college decision, Egwu was asked when they might make the trip to Champaign.

"We're still trying to figure out a time."

Egwu has several other offers, and he will undoubtedly attract more once he displays his game in July.

"I have offers from Purdue, Southern Illinois, Northwestern, Oregon State, Wisconsin, and Loyola."

His AAU team is the Illinois Wolves under Coach Mike Mullins. Teammate Devon Hodges has already committed to Wisconsin, and teammate Chasson Randle is considering Illinois and Wisconsin among several top schools. Will they wish to attend the same school?

"We've already talked about it. It depends on us and how we feel about going to college."

Right now, Egwu's first thoughts are for his high school team. He is beginning to show leadership skills despite his youth.

"We have other vocal leaders on the team, so I don't really need to be a vocal leader. I try to be a leader by how I play and by example."

Egwu feels St. Ignatius will be successful this winter despite the loss of some quality seniors to graduation.

"We basically lost three good players. I think we're good enough that we can replace them and play a lot better than we did last year."

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