After the first weekend of the spring live periods, teams start handing out offers once they see a player in person. But one April offer went out to 2018 Team Texas Elite forward Franklin Agunanne, even though he didn’t play in the first weekend of the live periods because he’s not playing on the 17U division.
It’s the first Division I offer for Agunanne, who plays for Denton (Texas) High School as well.
“I got a call from my AAU coach (Wes Grandstaff) and he told me,” Agunanne said. “I was really happy, it’s big and it’s my first offer. When I got home, I was kind of dancing, I called my mom and told her too. It’s a dream come true.”
Agunanne, a native of Nigeria, has been playing basketball since in eighth grade. He visited SMU for a game before in 2014-15, his freshman season.
“I liked the locker room, and the game,” Agunanne. “It was my first college basketball game I watched. I was impressed with the crowd and the arena too.”
The 6-foot-9 225-pound Agunanne hasn’t talked to the SMU coaches very much, or any other program’s coaches much. The recruiting process is still very new to him. When he visited SMU, the coaches gave him a short tour of the basketball facilities, but he remembers meeting former SMU center Yanick Moreira, who also came from Africa to play college basketball.
“He played for his national team for Angola,” Agunanne. “When I saw him, I didn’t know he went to SMU, so that was cool.”
Even on the lower levels (16U and 15U), the EYBL circuit has plenty of Division I talent. Agunanne wants to prove he belongs.
“I just want to work on my game,” Agunanne I’m good on defense, but I want to work on my offense more. My defense is my calling card, but offense I think needs work.”