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A year ago, Obi Enechionyia not only wasn't seeing attention from recruiters – he wasn't seeing the court. Enechionyia was glued to the bench at South County (Va.) High, prompting a move North to St. James' boarding school in Hagerstown, where an effort to bolster the basketball program was underway.
A year later, Enechionyia is coming off a sophomore campaign during which he averaged more than 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, attracting interest from numerous high-major programs.
"I've heard from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Ohio State, VCU, Temple and West Virginia, and I have one offer from UMass," Enechionyia said.
IMS watched Enechionyia in action at the Presidential Hoops Fest in February, and what we saw was a bouncy 6-foot-8 forward capable of blooming into a high-major shot-blocker and inside scorer. Enechionyia sees himself as a face-up four-man in college, though he doesn't have any favorites yet and didn't grow up rooting for any one school in particular.
"Not really," he said. "I watched all of the ACC schools."
He did, however, visit Maryland late this season to watch the Terps take on Virginia.
"It was good. I mean, they have a good fanbase and that's a big thing for me," he said.
He also has chatted with Terps assistant Bino Ranson, who will be the point man in Maryland's recruitment of Enechionyia.
"I talked to Bino, coach Ranson. He thinks I'd be a good fit at Maryland and he's big on bringing in players from the area, so he thinks I'd fit," Enechionyia said.
Enechionyia said his focus this spring and summer is honing his ballhandling and perimeter shooting skills. He's already got a good frame and strong athleticism, and with a strong showing this summer with Team Takeover, he could emerge as a highly-sought national recruit. Maryland's staff will be keeping close tabs.
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