Missouri Heavily Recruiting 2014 Big

The Missouri Tigers basketball program is bale to turn it's attention and focus solidly on the 2014 recruiting class, including a junior big man who fills us in on how the Tigers have been recruiting him and the attention being given.

With their 2013 recruiting class nearing completion, the Missouri Tigers are able to focus more squarely on 2014.   ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with one 2014 Missouri prospect in PF Goodluck Okonoboh 6'9" 220 Wilbraham (MA) Wilbraham & Monson, and he updated us on his development and his recruitment.

Missouri has been recruiting Okonoboh for quite a while.  He's played at the Tilton School, with current Missouri player, Dominique Bull, and he's also played with BABC, where current Missouri players, Phil Pressey and Alex Oriakhi, played AAU basketball.

This fall, Okonoboh reclassified from the 2013 class to 2014, and he explained his motive for the switch.

"Only positive things have come out of me reclassifying,"   said the six-foot-nine-and-a-half-inch Okonoboh.   "I don't regret doing that.  Only positive things have come out of it."

I asked Okonoboh to explain?

"It was a basketball-related decision,"  explained the 18-year old Okonoboh.   "It had nothing to do with academics.  My academics are fine."

"I needed time to get in the weight room, and to work on my game,"  continued Okonoboh.  "I'm taking it very, very serious, so when I go to the next level, I'll be ready."

Okonoboh also transferred to Wilbraham & Monson this fall, where he said he is averaging "a triple-double", with "like 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots" per game.   He's continually working to improve his game.

Okonoboh said that he hasn't been answering his phone much this season, but that his recruitment has really picked up.  He said that his recruitment is currently wide-open.

"Missouri's recruiting me pretty hard,"  said Okonoboh.   "I don't have any favorites……………………………………..  I don't have any top schools, but Missouri is up there.   I like Missouri."

"I like Missouri as a school,"  explained Okonoboh, who considers himself to be a power forward rather than a center.  "And, I like the Missouri coaching staff.  I think they have a real good coaching staff.  I like the way that they play, and I feel that the way that they play, I'd be able to fit right in."

Okonoboh doesn't plan to take any visits until after the season.

"I'm not sure right now, but I'll probably visit a couple of schools after the season,"  said Okonoboh.   "I'm definitely going to visit Missouri after the season."

Okonoboh said that he's "not sure when" he'll sign.  Academics are important to Goodluck in his college decision, along with developing his basketball talent for a potential professional career, and also playing on a winning team.


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