Egekeze on Wildcats' radar

Huntley (Ill.) High School forward Amanze Egekeze has received strong recruiting interest from a number of schools, including Northwestern. The three-star forward talks recruiting in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Versatility is a trait all college basketball coaches look for in their recruits. It's also Amanze Egekeze's calling card, and schools are taking serious notice.

The three-star forward turned heads with his ability to play both inside and out during a strong sophomore season at Huntley High School. Plying his trade for the Illinois Wolves this summer, Egekeze was watched closely by many schools last weekend during the Chicago Summer Challenge at Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Among the interested parties was Northwestern, with head coach Bill Carmody and associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, Egekeze's lead recruiter, sitting courtside at all the Wolves' games on Saturday. The Wildcats are ramping up their interest in Egekeze and the 2014 prospect is paying attention.

"They've been saying progressively good things," said Egekeze. "They want to get me on campus for a visit in the fall; I definitely like the location being close to home. They're a growing program in the Big Ten and they're being very aggressive with their recruiting."

Now listed at 6-foot-7, Egekeze's nearly 7-foot wingspan allows him to operate comfortably on the block as well as get his jumper off on the perimeter. An equally capable scorer, passer, rebounder and defender, the forward conceivably meshes well into any coach's system. His ability to play all over the court could pay dividends within the Wildcats' Princeton offense.

"From talking to the [Northwestern] coaches, it sounds like they would use me a bit of everywhere," said Egekeze. "Right now people are looking at me as a stretch four, but I'm working on my skills to play the three at the next level as well."

Egekeze holds offers from DePaul, Loyola and Toledo. Along with Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue, Stanford and Wisconsin have shown significant interest.


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