This spring, as the Missouri Tigers have been wrapping up their 2012 recruiting class, attention has once again turned to 2013. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with a 2013 F/C prospect, Goodluck Okonoboh 6'9" 215 Tilton (NH), who has some ties to Missouri, and who currently holds a Missouri offer.
Incoming Missouri freshman Dominique Bull and Okonoboh were teammates at Tilton as well as with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club. In addition, Phil Pressey and Alex Oriakhi both played AAU ball for BABC. And, Oriakhi and Okonoboh are cousins. So, Okonoboh is pretty familiar with several current Missouri players.
He's already visited Syracuse, Providence, and West Virginia. He said that he's going to add Missouri to that list.
"I should definitely visit Missouri, probably this summer," said Okonoboh. "Yeah. Just kick it with everybody."
I asked Okonoboh where Missouri ranks on his list of schools?
"They're up there on my list," replied Okonoboh, talking about Missouri. Then, he kind of backed off a bit. "Nobody's really higher than anybody."
Okonoboh, who averaged in double figures in points and around 7 rebounds per game last season, has long arms and very good athleticism. He runs the floor well and consistently plays above the rim. He's fundamentally sound, especially on the defensive end, where he's displayed good toughness and very good timing as a shot-blocker.
"I try to do everything a hundred percent whenever I'm out there on the court," explained Okonoboh.
While defense and rebounding are the parts of the game where Okonoboh currently excels, he's been working on improving his offensive skill set, with his back to the basket, as well as facing up.
The more I learned about Okonoboh, the more similar his development appears to be to the track that his cousin, Alex Oriakhi, has taken. So, I asked Goodluck if he's a better player than his cousin.
"Am I a better player than Alex?" asked Okonoboh, repeating my question. "I mean, you'll just have to watch me, and decide for yourself."
It's clear that Okonoboh is a team-oriented player. He seems to get it that basketball is a team game, and he has developed his game within a team-first mentality.
Okonoboh doesn't really have a timetable for narrowing down his list of schools or for making a final decision.
"I don't think it will be any time soon," explained Okonoboh. "I'm going to take my time. As of right now, I'm not really sure. I'm just taking it all in. I'm not in any rush."