Ekene Ibekwe profile
7/16: At the Peach Jam, Ibekwe have several big outings, focusing on playing down low -- which right now is his forte despite his thin frame. The list hasn't changed since ABCD, with UNC on the final six, but to what extent the Heels will reciprocate the interest remains to be seen.
7/11: Ibekwe said that his co-leaders are USC and Maryland. Arizona is in his top six and has offered, while North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky are also under consideration but haven't offered a scholarship at this time. ... (NBPA: ABCD: Ekene Ibekwe Spotlight)
6/22: "I've got two sides to my game," said the 6-9, 196-pound forward from Carson, Calif. "I can play in the post or be out on the perimeter. You can't just put me at one position. I'm the type of player that's got to be everywhere." (NBPA: Ekene Ibekwe Spotlight)
5/20: Ibekwe has a current list that includes Arizona (was going to visit earlier this month but had to reschedule), Maryland (they've offered), North Carolina, USC, Kentucky, Oregon, Kansas and Georgia.
5/3: Matt Doherty was in Carson, Calif. on Monday to watch Ekene Ibekwe. "Yeah they came," he confirmed to IC. "Carolina is certainly still recruiting me. I don't have an offer from them, but I feel like they really want me and if I wanted to come, that I could." ... (Doherty scouts Calif. forward)
5/1: From the Tulsa Sooner at the Kingwood Classic -- Ibekwe easily demonstrated why he is one of the better juniors in his class. Ibekwe is very similar in build to Ndudi Ebi- that is long, lean and rangy with outstanding physical skills. Ibekwe is extremely fluid in his play, runs the court and has great timing. He possesses a good mid-range jumper with a high release, has an accurate jump hook up to 10 feet away. Soft, strong hands and great leaping ability allow him to finish often with highflying dunks, especially from his teammate's lobs. He uses his athleticism to its fullest with great moves inside, set up by equally great fakes. "I'm being recruited by North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Arizona, UCLA, USC and others," said Ibekwe. "North Carolina is recruiting me the hardest." We noticed that North Carolina head coach Matt Doherty was present at all of the games in which Ibekwe participated in.
4/26: From Prep Stars' Rob Harrington at the Kingwood Classic in Houston -- "Ibekwe is another long and talented forward from Select. He played inconsistently in Houston, but he has a lot of physical tools. Ekene knocks down jumpers from the foul line, has the athleticism to elevate for rebounds and blocked shots, and is generally fluid and quick to loose balls. He needs to get stronger in order to finish better inside, as well as making sure that he's always a factor."
2/22: Ibekwe scouting report by PrepWestHoops.com --
"For his size, at just about 6-foot-9, he has very good lateral quickness and very good feet. He also has a decent outside jumper that goes down pretty often, but also has a long, awkward shooting motion that will have to be tweaked.
"He's a tweener, but believes he's a small forward while he will almost assuredly be a power forward on the next level. While he's quick, he's really just quick for a 6-foot-9 player, and doesn't really have the quickness or agility to defend a quick, high-major wing in college.
"He loves to float around on the perimeter on offense, looking to shoot threes. In the block, he's awkward and mechanical, but shows flashes of good skills, and definitely can use his athleticism around the basket for rebounds and putbacks. He's so thin, though, he lacks strength in his lower body, which tends to make him lose position in the paint, and not be sturdy enough to execute some post footwork as effective as he would like. "
1/13: From PrepWestHoops.com -- "One of the most-sought recruits in the junior class is Ekene Ibekwe, 6-9 JR PF, Carson (Calif.) High. According to sources close to the situation, Ibekwe favors North Carolina, who is recruiting him pretty hard, and USC, who was on Ibekwe early. UCLA is also in the picture, and showing the 6-9 athlete a lot of early interest. (link)
1/3: "The slender Ibekwe stands at 6-9, but currently checks in at only 190 pounds. He probably projects as a combo-forward on the college level, due to his shooting touch and above the rim athleticism, but don't think that the bouncy prospect can't get off the floor to block some shots. And he can also score with his back to the basket." ... (Junior to Watch: Ekene Ibekwe)