Midnight Madness Visit Impacts Obokoh

Midnight madness has become a major recruiting event for schools across the country. The same holds true for Syracuse, as they hosted several elite prospects on Friday. One of them is close to a decision, and he spoke to CuseNation.com about midnight madness.

Chinonso Obokoh, 2013 3-star center, recently cut his list to five. Syracuse made the cut, and hosted the Rochester (NY) product with several other prospects for their midnight madness. Obokoh also stayed overnight and hung out on campus on Saturday. He spoke about all of that, and how close he is to a decision, with CuseNation.com.

"Midnight madness went good," Obokoh recalled. "I got to see the guys, and I got to see the coach. Being there in the crowd, it was a great thing."

Obokoh said he got to spend some time with some other recruits while he was there. He says, they were all enjoying themselves.

"I spent time with Zach Radz, and the kid from Philly, Rysheed Jordan," the 3-star center explained. "I think all the recruits liked it. They were all having fun. They all liked what they saw. It was like, they were all looking real hard to see if that's where they want to be. I think they liked it a lot."

Midnight madness was full of festivities and fanfare. One part of it, however, stood out to Obokoh.

"My favorite part was seeing the guys play," he said. "It's the most important part of it. As far as recruiting and stuff, you get to see how the guys play. And you get to see how they play together and everything. I think they look great. I expect them to have a good season. I know that for sure because they are really, really good players."

During the visit, he got to spend some time talking to Jim Boeheim. Obokoh has spoken with him many times before, and enjoys the times they get to spend chatting. 

"We spent some time talking about the team and recruiting," he described. "He says I will see improvement in my play if I come there."

On Saturday, Obokoh got to see the team practice again. He has been on the campus many times before, but still enjoys spending time there.

"On Saturday, I got to see them practice," the 6-foot-9 center said. "It was good. I got to see how those guys go and everything. I got to see the kind of things they do in practice. That was one of the greatest things. I talked to the fitness guy. Then, we hung out and went to dinner.

"We went to coach's house for dinner. All of the other recruits were there. It was fun."

After Obokoh cut his list to five, he said he was looking to make his decision before the start of his senior season. With that rapidly approaching, he could be making a decision by next weekend.

"My decision is going to be based on education, I know that," Obokoh claimed. "Every school has that piece and the basketball piece. Also, you've got to look at how they work with their players and how the team looks to be as a family. That's the most important part is being a family as a program and as a team, the whole staff, everything.

"Right now, I'm not sure if I'm going to Texas for a visit. That might be the last one. If I have made my decision, then people will know I'm not going on that. Right now I'm not sure. I should know by Monday if I'm going. I'm going to see if I'm going to Texas, or look at this trip I just had right now. Just kind of narrow it down and see what everyone has. 

"I'm looking forward to making my decision next week."


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