Despite his team's early struggles, which included a 2-7 start, St. James (Hagerstown) junior Obi Enechionyia is living up to his billing.
Enechionyia, a 6-foot-8 forward and prime Maryland recruiting prospect, is averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks while leading his team to five consecutive wins – including a 21-point, 17-rebound, six-block performace in a two-point win over Potomac School last Friday.
A versatile power forward with excellent athleticism, Enechionyia has been making a concerted effort to attack facing the basket more this season.
“I’m still working on that," he said. "It’s coming along pretty well. I’ve been focusing on my ballhandling and shooting. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to play the 3 in college."
Where he’ll spend his college career is still very much up in the air. Because he’s got a demanding practice schedule and he attends a boarding school located a good distance from any of the schools recruiting him, Enechionyia hasn’t been able to attend any college games so far this season.
“I’m probably going to a couple in the next few weeks. I’ll probably go to Maryland and maybe Villanova and Temple,” he said.
Villanova offered a few weeks ago, joining Maryland, Temple, Indiana, Miami, VCU, Xavier and UMass. Illinois, Ohio State, Georgetown and Notre Dame have also been eyeing Enechionyia, who said he currently favors the first five schools on that offer list. Maryland is expected to take at least one big man in the 2014 class, and Enechionyia was among Mark Turgeon’s first offers.
“Coach [Dustin] Clark and coach Bino [Ranson] are the ones recruiting me the most for Maryland. They’ve been keeping in touch. I haven’t talked to them a lot lately but I’ve been getting texts,” he said. “I saw the Kentucky game and that’s about it. I haven’t been watching too many college games because I haven’t had much time.”
Enechionyia’s taking his recruitment at a deliberate pace, but he remains unopposed to making an early decision. His mindset throughout the process has been to let things develop as they will.
“When I feel like I know a school stands out the most, I’ll probably [commit],” he said. “I’m not setting any time for it because I don’t want to force myself to make a decision.”