DeMatha Standout Interested in State

If a high-major prospect is lacing them up at Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic, you know the NC State coaching staff will be in to evaluate given their ties to the elite high school program.

If a high-major prospect is lacing them up at Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic, you know the NC State coaching staff will be in to evaluate given their ties to the elite high school program.

Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe played his high school ball at DeMatha for legendary coach Morgan Wootten, as he led the Stags to a 28-0 record and a national title his junior season.

Lowe isn't the only staff member with DeMatha ties. Prior to lettering four years at Pittsburgh, assistant coach Pete Strickland ran the point for the Stags. He played four years at the school, and led them to the DC City Championship in 1975 while being named first-team All-State.

Led by a quartet of talented underclassmen, this year's team at DeMatha is 20-3 and gearing up for a championship run. Juniors Josh Selby, Jerain Grant, and Victor Oladipo join sophomore Quinn Cook and senior Naji Hibbert to give the Stags a strong group of guards and wings.

"We're doing really well," said Oladipo. "Hopefully we can keep doing what we're doing and winning games. I don't like to evaluate myself, but I think I'm playing well."

Explosive off the bounce and extremely athletic, Oladipo is at his best slashing to the rim and forcing steals on the defensive end of the floor. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is hearing from a host of programs and already holds several scholarship offers.

"I'm hearing from a lot of colleges," Oladipo stated. "Maryland, Xavier, Indiana, Villanova, Pittsburgh, George Mason, Kansas State, Clemson, NC State, Miami, Georgia Tech, and Georgia are some of the ones recruiting me.

"I have offers from Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Indiana, George Mason, Providence, UMASS, and James Madison. Recruiting is going good for me."

While NC State hasn't offered Oladipo a scholarship, he believes they have increased their interest.

"I think NC State is recruiting me hard," he said. "They are coming after me. I'm close with coach Strickland, we talk a lot. The thing with NC State is coach Strickland and the head coach, Sidney Lowe, both went to DeMatha. You can say that we have a connection because we all went here. They are right there on my list."

This spring and summer Oladipo will be suiting up for Team Takeover on the AAU circuit. Expect him to take some visits this summer and make a decision prior to the fall signing period.

"I'm wide open," he stated. "I'm hoping this summer I can go visit some schools. I'm not really in a hurry to make a decision. I would probably look to decide maybe towards the end of the summer or the beginning of my senior season."

Oladipo is currently rated a three-star shooting guard prospect by Scout.com.


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