Nearing a Decision

Maurice Aniefiok is searching for a feeling, an impulse. He has three visits behind him now, with one more to go before he makes a decision on where he will spend the next four years of his life.

He isn't ready to say if his latest stop, a two-day visit to Ole Miss over the weekend, gave him the feeling he is looking for. But he did come away impressed.

"It was good," Aniefiok, a native Nigerian, said. "The facilities, the players … they have this strong team spirit, a strong bond. They have a strong love going. It was good. Basically I had answers to all my questions."

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy has made the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Aniefiok a priority in the spring signing period, which begins Wednesday and runs through May 18.

Aniefiok was the only visitor this weekend. Actually, his is the only well-sourced name to surface thus far. Aniefiok averaged nearly 17 points per game in his senior season at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W. Va.


Maurice Aniefiok
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"Coach Kennedy's a nice guy," Aniefiok said. "He's one of the great coaches they have in America. We had a pretty good conversation. He talked to me about how my game is, how my game is right now, where he can take my game to if I come to Ole Miss.

"He spoke to me about his style of play, how they play. They run, basically, the same style of play I'm used to. You push the ball, you run and all that. He wants the opportunity to coach me."

But it all comes back to that feeling, that impulse.

Aniefiok had already visited James Madison and Duquesne prior to stepping foot on Ole Miss' campus. Next up is a trip to Rutgers -- his other finalist -- this weekend.

Aniefiok didn't give any clues as to when he will sign his national letter of intent, only saying he plans to make a decision next week.

"I just want a situation where I'll have a feeling inside of me," he said. "I have to feel the impulse, something inside of me telling me this is where I really want to be. Basically all the schools are going to have good facilities. Everything is going to be all right. I don't care where it is; I just want a place where my spirit will be OK, and where I know I can go with confidence to spend the next four years."

Ole Miss lost guards Chris Warren and Zach Graham to graduation following a 20-14 season. Aniefiok, a shooting guard, is being recruited to come in and play immediately.

"I can't really say (Ole Miss is my leader) now until I take all my visits, cause I don't want to judge after taking only a few visits," he said. "When I'm done with my visits, that's when I'll pretty much be able to say, OK, this is where I think, out of everything, this is where I feel very comfortable."


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