Georgia big man Ike Obiagu said Louisville is one of the school's on him the hardest; he's the No. 8 ranked player in the Class of 2017

Georgia big man Ike Obiagu said the University of Louisville is one of the school's on him the hardest. Obiagu is the No. 8 ranked player in the Class of 2017 by Scout.com.

Perhaps the best shot blocker in the country, 7-foot 2017 center Ike Obiagu said he honed his skills on defense early in his transition to the game after coming to the U.S. from Nigeria.

Obiagu said his offense "wasn't any good," so he had to focus on defense.

"I had to do something," he said. "I didn't have any offense, so I had to have something. I worked hard on it."

As it turns out, Obiagu made the right decision.

While his offense has come around, Obiagu's defense has helped land him in the top 10 among prospects in the Class of 2017. He's the No. 4 ranked center in the country and the No. 8 prospect overall.

Obiagu recently at the EYBL event in Westfield, Ind., said his recruiting is "going great."

The standout from Decatur, Ga., Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy already has over 20 scholarship offers. He led the Georgia Stars to the Peach Jam 16s title last summer and helped Greenforest to the Class A Private School state title in March.

"I'm just having fun with it and working on my game," he said. "This is what everybody hopes for and I am taking advantage of it.

"But I still have to work hard. I'm working on my jump hooks from left and right and finishing at the rim."

Obiagu said Louisville, Baylor, California and Georgia were showing the most interest but noted he is also hearing from Georgetown, Arizona, UConn, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee and Florida.

"A lot of schools," he said, noting he wasn't sure of a process to eliminate schools or plans to make official visits.

U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson has been recruiting Obiagu and offered him last month. The prospect said Johnson's message about the Cardinals' program has been simple:

"He said the school was going to help me becase of the way they utilize their bigs with their style of play," Obiagu said. "He said I would fit right in with them at Louisville with what I can do."

Obiagu had seven blocks in the title game. Greenforest finished the season 30-2.


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