With the early signing period for the Class of 2009 quickly approaching and most teams starting to fill up, attention is turning to the Class of 2010. Last week, Scout.com released its Class of 2010 National Top 75 and coming in at No. 33 is Bellaire (TX) power forward Tobi Oyedeji. The junior showed significant improvement during the AAU season with the nationally-renowned Houston Hoops program.
"I felt much stronger this summer. I improved my back-to-the-basket moves and I developed a jump hook," Oyedeji said. "Overall, my post game is getting better and I have a lot more confidence playing in the box."
The Houston area product is one of the top prospects in Texas, and plays on a talented Bellaire High School squad that boasts several Division I prospects, most notably Jamel Outler who is already getting high D-1 attention as well.
"I haven't seen Jamel much this summer. We played on different AAU teams," Oyedeji said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him when school starts and getting on the court with him again. We should have a strong team this year."
Recruiting is starting to heat up for the 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward. With a few days of downtime between the end of the summer basketball events and the start of school, Oyedeji had a chance to take an unofficial visit to Texas A&M this past week. Just a couple of hours from Houston, the four-star forward has visited the Aggies several times in the past year to see a game, but last week he was able to bring his parents and spend a large amount of time focusing on all aspects of the program and the university.
"I've been there a lot, but my parents haven't spent much time there so I wanted them to see the university and the facilities," Oyedeji said. "I wanted them to get a closer look at everything when there wasn't a game and we wouldn't be rushed. We were there over six hours."
For Oyedeji, he was most interested in seeing the progress of the new state-of-the-art practice facility and locker rooms that have been under construction for over a year and nearing completion. During his visits last winter for home games, the facility was nothing more than a hole in the ground and the A&M staff spoke from a set of architectural drawings and artists renderings of the project that will be home to both Texas A&M basketball teams. But with most of the hard structure finished and the project just months away from completion, Oyedeji and his parents finally got to see what the A&M coaches have been talking about for over a year.
"I really wanted to see the new practice facility now that it's close to completion. I've had this image in my mind what it would look like based on what the staff told me last season," Oyedeji said. "But finally seeing it last week, I'd have to say it's even better than I ever imagined. It's incredible. The lockers are huge. When they showed me the locker at first, I thought it was for two players."
So what did the parents think of the facilities and the overall visit to Texas A&M?
"They like Texas A&M, but I think they came away more impressed on this trip," Oyedeji said. "They focused on the academic center and the strength and conditioning facilities and staff. They enjoyed the trip and saw what they needed to see."
Despite his multiple trips to College Station, Oyedeji says it's too early to pick a school and he's open to a host of schools. On his list currently is Louisville, LSU, Baylor, OU, Arizona State, Texas, and of course Texas A&M.
"Everybody on my list has offered except Texas. I want to go to some games this season and take a few more visits," Oyedeji said. "I like A&M a lot, but it's still early and I want to look at all of my options. I'd like to make a commitment next spring."
Oyedeji discusses A&M visit
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