ABCD: Ekene Ibekwe Spotlight

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Ekene Ibekwe wasn't nearly as nervous as his first ABCD Camp a year ago, but one thing that didn't change was the fact that he didn't get enough opportunities on the offensive end.

The 6-8 Carson High (Calif.) forward has been labeled a "tweener," as he's got the height and length to be a force down low, but lacks the weight – he checks in under 200 pounds.

"He realizes he's not going to put on the weight necessary to be a 4," said SoCalHoops expert Jerry Gale. "He's going to be more of a slasher – a forward who can handle the ball. I don't see him getting much bigger. He's lean, athletic and tough.

"And, he's still going to be a tremendous college player."

Ibekwe also showcased his defensive skills and shot-blocking ability during several games in the first three days of the camp, while doing clean-up duty on the offensive end.

"I guess you can call me a garbage man," he said.

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.

"I'm kinda open, but at the same time I'm kind of closed," said Ibekwe, who has a 3.1 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT. "Maryland and USC are on top.

"I like the fact that Maryland sends big guys to the league," he added. "My dad went to USC and wants me to go there."

Ibekwe will finish out the AAU schedule by playing with California Team Select at the Nike Peach Jam and then traveling to the Adidas Big Time in Las Vegas with Rick Isaac's H-squad team.

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