Chinonso Obokoh may only be a three-star center prospect, but that hasn't stopped coaches from across the country from recruiting him hard. He added some offers recently, outlined the time frame for his decision, and discussed which schools are showing him the most interest.
It's been a busy summer for all high school basketball prospects. The many different AAU events seem to create an endless summer of nonstop basketball. That is certainly the case for Obokoh.
"We just got done from the Hoop Group," he explained. "After the Hoop Group on Friday, we just got done with a tournament at the Hall of Fame in Springfield. I think my team did OK. Some little stuff we didn't do well but everything went great.
"We lost the championship game, but I made it to the all-star so it went great."
From the Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearny prospect's showing at these different events, his recruitment has picked up. He says he already has a Syracuse offer, and added some new ones recently.
"It's been going good. I received some new offers from Seton Hall, USC, and Oklahoma recently," Obokoh said. "They offered me about three weeks ago. I was happy and grateful for the offer. I just want to keep working hard and keep doing what I'm doing.
Nearby Syracuse remains in constant communication with the Bishop Kearney High product.
"(Assistant Coach Mike) Hopkins called from Vegas three days ago, and he was on campus a week ago," Obokoh detailed. "He was just telling me to shoot more in the game. He liked the type of player I am and how I can shoot the ball."
Obokoh also visits Syracuse on a regular basis.
"Yeah I visited a couple days before the Hoop Group," he noted. "Hopkins took me around the school and the campus. (Head Coach Jim) Boeheim too. It was great. They are great guys."
"I liked everything about it," he continued. "Hopkins showed me around everything. He showed me the Dome, everything about the school. I met with the trainers, the academic advisors, and everybody.
The Melo Center (Basketball facility) is great. I think they have the best training gym. Every other school is trying to take the stuff from that gym and do their own. So it's great."
Despite the constant communication with Syracuse, the 6-foot-9, 205-pounder insists he is still wide open.
"I don't have any favorites right now," the three-star center said. "I want to keep looking at things during the summer. After the summer, I will do my own list and cut it down to a top-15.
"I think my decision is going to be in the fall before the basketball season starts so I can concentrate on going to school and playing basketball."
Obokoh says that Syracuse is among the schools coming at him the hardest. He also said the other schools that have offered are in constant communication as well. In order to help trim his list and make his decision, he wants to take some more visits before the summer is over. "I'm still planning things out right now, but after a little bit after this tournament coming up in Orlando, I can take visits to other schools," he said. "It'll depend on the schedule, but the east coast and schools around this region. Like Syracuse, Villanova, Providence, Temple, Boston, schools around here.
Obokoh continued," Syracuse is the school I've been to the most. I went to the camp the last three years. I've been going to Syracuse anytime that I can go. I go to the little camp and just play with the guys there. I know they are close to me and I can go there anytime I want."