Goodluck Okonoboh, a 2014 center from Wilbraham (Mass.), will announce his college decision at approximately 9 p.m. tonight. This primer should get you ready.
THE BASICS: Okonoboh is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center. He's a four-star recruit and is the fifth-ranked center in the 2014 class. Okonoboh excels on the defensive end. He's an elite shot blocker and rebounder, but very much a work in progress on the offensive end.
THE RECRUITMENT: Indiana has been after Okonoboh for quite some time now. The Hoosiers offered him a scholarship back in April, and were always close to the top of his list because of Okonoboh's relationship with Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh. Okonoboh took his first official visit to Bloomington in mid-September, and Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson paid him a visit at his school late last week prior to his visits to Ohio State and UNLV.
The Hoosiers had been recruiting JUCO big man Stephen Hurt, but dropped out of the race to focus their attention entirely on Okonoboh.
Ohio State and UNLV each offered Okonoboh in July. Those two schools got his final two official visits -- each taking place in the last week -- and appear to be the frontrunners at this point. Okonoboh's friend, Khem Birch, plays at UNLV.
THE DECISION: I'm not as tied in on this one as I was on some others, but our Evan Daniels said it's a tight race between UNLV and Ohio State for Okonoboh with Indiana as a distant third.
THE AFTERMATH: If Indiana lands Okonoboh, it effectively guarantees itself a solid 2014 class, regardless of what happens with some other recruits down the road. A class consisting or Robert Johnson and Okonoboh would help fill a couple of voids on the current roster. Okonoboh is an elite defender and could protect the rim like few others have been able to in recent years for the Hoosiers.
If Okonoboh chooses elsewhere, there's no doubt it hurts Indiana a little bit. The Hoosiers put their chips in Okonoboh's basket, and they really want him. But it wouldn't be all that bad for a couple of reasons. First, Indiana will still have big men Luke Fischer and Hanner Mosquera-Perea on next year's roster. Fischer will just be a sophomore and Mosquera-Perea, a junior, so you have other big bodies to play in the middle.
Plus, in terms of the 2014 class itself, Indiana still has a good chance to land forward Devin Robinson, who will be in town for an official visit this weekend.