Good Counsel newcomer is one to watch

Continuing a trend that will only become more prevalent in the coming years, another foreign big man has transferred to the Washington, D.C., area in search of better opportunities. This time the lucky recipient is Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md., which is the new home of 6-foot-11 Nigerian sophomore Julius Omoniurhie.

Terp Sports Report recently scouted Omoniurhie on an afternoon when he happened to be facing one of his countrymen, 6-foot-11 Bishop O'Connell (Va.) junior Frank Ben-Eze, another newcomer to the states.
Ben-Eze has been here several months and has already received a scholarship offer from Maryland, while Omoniurhie is younger and arrived in the states just a month ago. Nonetheless, the thinly built, extremely long 16-year-old more than held his own. In his best game as an American high school player, he scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots as Good Counsel shocked talent-laden O'Connell.

"This is probably the best game he's played for us," Good COunsel coach Mike Hibbs said. "The biggest problem so far has been that he doesn't know anything we're doing."

Indeed, Omoniurhie looked a bit lost at times, but he appears to have very good instincts to go with excellent athleticism for such a big, young player. He runs the floor extremely well for his size, has good timing and appears to understand some of the game's nuances. Though he's a ways from being a polished player, his potential appears to be enormous.

"He's very athletic. He can run teh floor better than a lot of our guards," Hibbs said.

He's also an excellent student and has a great attitude on and off the court, Hibbs said. That was visible in the enthusiasm eh aggresiveness he showed, perhaps in part because he was fired up to be playing against his countryman.

Because he just arrived, very few college programs know about Omoniurhie. But the Terps are one of those teams, along with Georgetown and George Mason. It's safe to say that list will be expanding dramatically over the course of the next year.

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