High School Junior to Watch: Ayinde Ubaka

Ayinde Ubaka, a very quick 6-2 junior point guard from Oakland, is ranked #1 at his position on the west coast for his class. He talks about the early status of his recruitment...

Ayinde Ubaka, 6-2 JR PG Oakland (Calif.) High, is currently ranked #1 among point guards in the junior class on the west coast. He's very quick and has an excellent feel for the position. His shot needs a little work, but it's not bad, and he has apparently improved since we last saw him in the summer. He will be very tough to defend when he can consistently hit the outside shot.

Yesterday, Ubaka said that he's very wide open, which you would expect in November of his junior year. Asked specifically about a rumor that he had committed to UCLA, Ayinde laughed and said, "No, I haven't committed to UCLA."

Ubaka said that Maryland, UCLA, Colorado and Cal all came to see him work out in September. In addition to those schools, Ayinde lists Michigan St., Gonzaga, New Mexico and Utah as schools that he's interested in.

Ubaka did say though that UCLA was his favorite school growing up. "They always had a good team and I'd see them on TV."

When asked which factors whould be important to him when making his college choice, Ubaka replied, "How big the classes are, how good the team is, the weather and playing time." Ayinde went on to say, "I want to stay close to home, on the west coast, so my Mom can see me play."

Ubaka said that Cal has been expressing a great deal of interest. "Cal's been showing me a lot of interest -- probably the most interest of any school," he said.

Marquis Kately, a teammate on his AAU team, the Oakland Soldiers, has committed to Cal. Also, another Oakland Solider teammate, Leon Powe, 6-7 JR PF, Oakland Tech, is also rumored to be leaning heavily to Cal. Would this influence Ubaka at all?  "I'd love to play with him and Leon if it works out that way," Ubaka said,  "but I'm not making my decision on that."

Ayinde said he plans on taking his time with the decision and he'll probably take several trips.


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