PC Prospect Profile: Goodluck Okonoboh

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – As BABC's backup to No. 1 ranked 2012 prospect Nerlens Noel, Goodluck Okonoboh did not get much time to showcase his skills on the AAU circuit last year.

Despite that, schools have still been well aware of the 6-foot-9, 215-pounder out of the Tilton School (NH). One such school is Providence and thus, ScoutFriars.com caught up with Okonboh today at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Okonoboh listed scholarship offers from Missouri, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Pitt, Gonzaga, Minnesota, and Seton Hall in addition to Providence. He noted that he was unsure whether West Virginia had extended an offer, but said the Mountaineers are indeed involved in his recruitment, as are many others who he could not remember.

"I'm still wide open," Okonoboh said. "All the schools that are recruiting me, everybody is getting the same sense of treatment.

Okonoboh is planning to come up with a group of schools to focus his attention on.

"I think by the end of the summer I should come up with a solid list of 10 schools I wanna look into," Okonoboh said of his timetable. "I'm not in a rush to do anything."

Okonoboh, who is unsure if he will sign early or late, said that there are not any schools in particular who are coming at him the hardest. Additionally, there are no coaches with whom he has the best relationships right now.

"I developed good relationships with all the coaches," Okonoboh explained. "I wouldn't have anyone on my list [if we did not have a good relationship]."

While some players have a certain conference they would prefer to play in, that is not the case for Okonoboh.

"I like all of the conferences [of the schools] that are recruiting me," Okonoboh said.

Okonoboh said that location will "not at all" be a factor in his recruitment, but touched on what things he will consider in selecting a college.

"A school where I can come and [have an] impact immediately," Okonoboh said, "and a school that is gonna develop me so I can get to the next level."

The New Englander provided his thoughts on Providence College and touched on one of his connections to the school.

"Providence, whoa, I have a long history with Providence," Okonoboh said. "One of my good friends, Gerard Coleman, he went to Providence. He just transferred to Gonzaga. He went [to PC first and] that opened the door right there . . . They've been recruiting me for a long time. Keno Davis offered me [and the] . . . new coach offered me."

Okonoboh talked about that new coach, Ed Cooley, who is entering his second year as the Friars head man.

"I think he's a good guy," Okonoboh said. "I know he loves to win and he wants to win."

In addition to Cooley, Okonoboh said he has been in contact with all three Providence assistants. The rising senior also knows incoming freshmen Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn.

"Ricardo Ledo is actually my good friend," Okonoboh said.

Asked if Ledo is recruiting him to come to PC as well, Okonoboh replied, "Ricardo says some stuff here and there, but he knows I'm gonna make my own decision."

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