HD Video: Goodluck Okonoboh at the 2013 adidas Invitational

  • 07/17/2013 2:29 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS — Class of 2014 Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Ma.) forward Goodluck Okonoboh is a top recruiting target for programs like Duke, Indiana, Louisville and Syracuse and was one of the standouts of last week’s adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.

Inside the Hall has compiled more than six minutes of footage of Okonoboh, who was dominant at times for his Mass Rivals team, in the embedded media player below:


· Goodluck Okonoboh’s recruitment following similar path to that of Noah Vonleh
· Goodluck Okonoboh on shot blocking: “It’s an art”

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  • Candy Striped Kid

    this kid plays hard! what a talent. he just needs some finesse. plus, he banks free throws. how could you not like a guy who does that?!

  • HoosierTrav

    not gonna lie…… I could have gone without seeing those free throw attempts.

  • monster. but teams are going to play hack-a-luck if he gets the ball deep in the paint.

  • KevOMG

    This dude is a monster shot blocker. I can see why people say he’s a natural. Love his intesity!

  • BlakeD1223

    He’d be a great pick up but I hope he’s putting up 1,000 free throws a day. I’m afraid he’s a type of guy that will have no outside game at all. His shot looks horrible. I love his athletic ability though.

  • b_side

    Best thing about his shot-blocking ability is that he keeps the ball in bounds. Very old school in that regard – akin to the way Bill Russell played (relax I’m not saying he’s in the same league). It’s just important to point out that most players want to intimidate and spike the ball out of bounds. Goodluck keeps the possession alive and allows his defense to turn into offense instantly.

    Also very adept at the pick and roll. Better passer than I anticipated too.

  • Hardwood83

    Raw is the right word, has a few nice moves and appears to have desire. As for the FT’s that is a skill, plain and simple. Anyone- ANYONE- that is not physically disabled can shoot 65% with a modicum of effort. Laziness= poor FT shooting. A little coaching to square up his form and a lot of practice an he’ll be fine.

  • Gregory Spera

    Defense. Rebounding. Defensive rebounding that keys our fast break. A shot blocking backstop that allows our guards to be super aggressive on the perimeter. Any points he scores are gravy. Shot blocking is one thing that a freshman can bring immediately to the college game. Anthony Davis. Nerlens Noel. Chris Obekpa. I want one.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan



    Sometimes he’s a bit plodding. Some moments made me wonder about his coordination at a faster and more physical game, like what he would see in the Big 10.

    His footwork’s a bit raw; I could see him getting tripped up by college-level players moves, especially on some of those drives. NEEDS footwork training, else he’s going to be foul-prone trying to stop some people.

    OMG, freethrows.

    Telegraphed those blocks big time. He got away with it against that competition, but savvy college players will head-fake the heck out of him.


    Does he look like he’s already got the mass and strength to ball with major conference players? Like the low post guys in the Big 10? He does to me! It almost looked like he outmassed anyone else on the court by 30 pounds but wasn’t slowed down by it.

    I can’t reconcile the times plodded with the times he was gliding like he was weightless, but there it is. There were times he moved like he weighed 30 lbs less than anyone else on the court. He showed flashes of moving like a small forward, which surprised the hell out of me.

    Related to the first upside – he’s not afraid to mix it up physically. Doesn’t shy away from contact at all.

    Nose for the ball. Needs to develop the *skill* to actually take advantage of that instinct, but his instincts are already leading him in the right direction.

    Also instinctively attacks the basket when he’s got the ball. That’s actually something too few players do.

    Was disciplined in the offense. I didn’t see him freelance or be far out of position, and that surprised me. It’s like he was well drilled in being where his coach wanted him to be. That speaks of a good young man who listens.

    Anyway, conclusion: If he comes to Indiana, I actually predict he’d have a very quiet, almost invisible freshman year. He’s too good to redshirt, but I wouldn’t see him getting many minutes at first. But by well into his sophomore year, I think we’d be seeing what he’s really capable of, and if he stayed to be a junior (again, only IF he came to IU) I’d see him being a force that has to be planned around in the low post.

    That’s predicting quite a ways out, though. And of course, I could be wrong. But I’d see this kid as representing a ton of potential to develop, and being one to be brought from a rough level to a fairly, if not highly competent one. While being a completely different position, I could see him following the same path that Victor did i.e. Freshman year “Wow, lotta potential, but needs to get stuff together”, Soph. yr “Wow, he’s learning his lessons”… Jr Yr “Uh oh… where’d this beast come from?”.

  • Frangipani

    Apart from the intensity and athletic ability, I’m not sold yet. His shot looks terrible. He shoots free throws like a jumpshot (and his jumpshot is terrible). Looks out of control a lot of the time. Doesn’t seem to know when he wants to dunk it, lay it in or use the glass. No doubt he has natural talent, but the kid is raw. Very VERY raw.


    A lot of people are saying he doesn’t seem to be able to do this or that really well, or this or that needs a lot of work….and it’s true. While those things are true he is already very adept at doing some things really well. In the type of offense that Crean seems to favor it seems like the things that he already excels at are the main things that Crean seems to primarily want out of a player that plays the position that he plays. Take that and couple it with the fact that it seems very likely he will become very good to possibly exceptional at the things that he truly does need to get better at and it all adds up to us signing him being a big get for IU, IMHO.

  • HoosierGrampy

    What’s NOT to like about a 16-17 yr old who’s humble, still growing, learning and is blessed with a tremendous upside? I would bet that one of the IU staff will be suggesting ways to improve his FT form. Proficiency in the paint via improved footwork and more fluid moves will come with practice and repetition. Nothing wrong with his motor that Vonleh, Williams, Fisher, Davis and Hollowell cannot help fix. And his last name would fit into the O-la-di-po mold just right!

  • CreamandCrimson

    He has really good shot blocking instincts and timing and it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting into foul trouble very often. I think his shot blocking and rebounding will translate very well to college. One of his strengths that I haven’t really seen mentioned here is his passing out of the post. He had several passes on this video that helped set-up a teammate. I think he’d be a major get for Indiana and he would fit in very well to the aggressive defense and uptempo offense Tom Crean and staff like to run.

  • calbert40

    I agree. I think some of us have a tendency to watch a recruit and spot all of his flaws as opposed to looking at what he excels in. Goodluck will probably never be a double double guy, or someone through whom the offense runs. He will get his points off of rebound putbacks and in transition. The question is whether this matters or not? I don’t think it does. Scoring is probably the third function in his game.

    What he does excel in (or better stated COULD excel in at the college level) is defense and rebounding. Last any of us checked, those are two pretty important categories to excel in!

    He may be “raw” offensively, and a little eager to leave his feet for a block, but I feel his natural abilities will be significantly enhanced by some good coaching. I think he is the most important 2014 recruit we are scouting currently. I ‘d love to have him!

  • calbert40

    I think he is a better recruit at this stage than either of them. He is not quite as athletic as HMP, but very few people are. However, I’d say he has a much higher basketball IQ than either. He seems to instinctively understand shot blocking as opposed to Jurkin, who was able to block shots simply based on his size alone.

    I think he’d make a great addition to our roster in 2014, and would probably be a rotational player off the bench as a freshman…and based on what our roster could look like that year, that could be a challenge for any freshman.

  • MPmike

    This kid reminds me of watching video highlights of Peter Jurkin, except Jurkin looked alot more powerful and confident as a post player. He is a better shot blocker than Jurkin. If he signs with IU, I hope that he will start off alot better than what we all seen from Jurkin.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Damn we are a bunch of die hard fans. Watching videos in the summer for guys who may never step a foot on campus.

  • Andy Rafael Aguilera

    I had no idea we were recruiting Ben Wallace.

  • Knuckledrager

    Rough Est. He shot less than 30% from the foul line. I hated “hack-a-shak”. It was very effective, but I hated it. Great court sense, passing, shot blocking, shooting, rebounding, all more than good. Great at drawing fouls, but you have to hit the free throws. Fouls can beat a team, missing foul shots will lose games. When it comes down to game time having someone on the floor who can’t hit free throws would be a liability. Practice can correct that. He would be a great catch. Go Hoosiers.????

  • skotchie

    Wow just watched this mess, is this a blooper video? Sloppy but quick to the rim off, & def.
    Needs work but could develop into a solid contributor.