Enechionyia surprised by Indiana scholarship offer

Indiana coach Tom Crean and his staff continued to stay busy during the fall recruiting period as they visited 2014 recruit Obi Enechionyia at St. James (Md.) on Friday.

Crean and assistant coaches Steve McClain and Kenny Johnson watched the 6-foot-9 Enechionyia work out, and then offered him a scholarship afterward.

Enechionyia said Indiana just “started texting me and sending me letters” at the beginning of September, so he was surprised to receive an offer so quickly.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” he told Inside the Hall. “I wasn’t really expecting it, but it was pretty cool. I think they’re ranked No. 1, right? It doesn’t get much better than that.

“They’re obviously pretty high up there right now. I’m just working on my game trying to see how many schools I can get interested now.”

Enechionyia, a four-star prospect according to Scout.com, can play both inside and on the perimeter.

He also has offers from Maryland, Massachusetts, Miami (Fl.), Xavier and VCU.

Enechionyia said he plans to take “several” visits, and he said he likely won’t decide until next fall.

“I don’t really have any favorites right now,” he said.

  • q95

    i will never get this name right…

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    If he comes to HH good luck chanting for him

  • DannerPerea

    What’s so hard about pronouncing Obi? Didn’t you see the first Star Wars movie?

  • SCHoosier

    Like the kid’s flexibility..can do a lot of things..and still developing his game. Lot of long term talent available with this young man. Keep on him TC.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Pretty well rounded game for his age. Sky’s the limit on his potential though. Good to see Crean planting the seed with him as I think he’s got potential to really develop into a high high D1 player. He looks a lot like Trey in the face. His game not as developed but has a lot of the same skills.

  • cdog

    N ech e o nee a. It is not bad once you say it a couple of times. A big man with wing type skills works well in our system. With Trey decommitting and Noah reclassing to 2013, guys like Obi will replace them on the radar screen. We have a need and Obi could fill that need nicely. Seems to have his head on straight and is coachable.

  • marcusgresham

    If he comes to IU he should inherit the “0” jersey Barnett/Sheehey will be leaving so the band can play Morris Day’s “Jungle Love” and everyone can sing “Obi Obi, O…”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Or he could wear number one and earn the nickname the Jedi or something like that, for Obi-Wan (Obi One)

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    “No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It’s not that hard. Na-ghee-na-na-jar. Nagheenanajar.”

    “Yeah, well at least your name isn’t Michael Bolton.”

  • Hoosier89

    “Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.” Love that movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dlong12 Dan Long

    I take Enechionyia for colds and it works great!!!!!!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I really, really hate to ask…. and I’m not trying to be a smartaleck either, but: What’s the scholarship situation for 2014? We’ve all already been talking about the incoming ’13 class crunch, but I admit to being clueless about the 2014 one.

  • DannerPerea

    EH – I like..no, I LOVE the Obi Wan idea..Marcus, between your Morris Day and the Time reference and my original Star Wars reference…i think we’ve been peeged as the crusty old farts here. Well, at least we’re still here!

  • DannerPerea

    that no tallent a$$ clown. Hahahaa. Me too:)

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