2014 forward Goodluck Okonoboh trims list to five

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Class of 2014 forward Goodluck Okonoboh has trimmed his list of schools to five.

Mass Rivals AAU coach Vin Pastore confirmed to Inside the Hall Tuesday afternoon Okonoboh is still considering Duke, Florida, Indiana, Ohio State and UNLV (in no particular order).

Okonoboh also confirmed the news on his Twitter account:


At 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, Okonoboh is known as one of the class’s top shot-blockers and is ranked as the No. 19 recruit in the country and a five-star prospect, according to ESPN.com. 

He plans on taking official visits this fall with the expectation of making a decision by the November early signing period.

Indiana has been in good shape with Okonoboh since offering him in April, and his friendship with incoming freshman Noah Vonleh, a former AAU teammate, has been called significant.

A comprehensive scouting video of Okonoboh from July is available after the jump.

Related:

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

  • PV Mike

    Of course he has not totally matured physically but will he realistically have enough size and meat on his bones to play center in our league?

  • Bennegan38

    Although it means nothing unless he actually commits, but just seeing the name “Indiana” being mentioned in finalist lists with these other recently successful programs is a good feeling in itself. Hope we can land this kid.

  • Hank Dunn

    I think it’s a great sign that Syracuse and Louisville did not make the cut.

  • Rie

    Yes, especially once Cook Hall gets the best of him.

  • inLinE6

    I certainly like this kid, but it’s all about “blocking” at this point. He needs to put in significant work before earning valuable minutes on IU roster. Hanner was ranked top 10 at one point in high school, but still struggles and waiting to prove himself.

  • GoIU811

    Exactly, Noah has put on 20 pounds of muscle just over the couple of months that he has been at IU. Yogi came in last year just ripped. Get these kids in Cook Hall and the weight room with Je’Ney and they will no doubt be physically ready for the B1G.

  • GoIU811

    The difference is Hanner kept falling in the rankings, as of now Goodluck just keeps moving up. Yes Goodluck needs some development on the offensive end and who better to develop him than the man that developed Dwayne Wade and Victor Oladipo, Mr. Tom Crean!!

  • drewmiller1

    Really cool to be on this list. It’s hard not to like a guy with that smile named Goodluck.

  • WisconHoosier

    What were his stats last season?

    Points, rebounds, blocks, shooting percentages?

    Also, I think Luke Fischer is a 4-year player for us, which means Goodluck might play the 4 spot. That could work.

  • chiswede

    He has? That is awesome. This season can’t start soon enough.

  • calbert40

    Excited that we made the first cut, especially when looking at who did not (SU, UL, UK). I believe he would be a great commit for us despite some of the perceived deficiencies he may have offensively.

    The young man can block shots and rebound. We need players who can do that. If that is all he ever does at IU, we’ll be glad to have him as a rotational player in a (hopefully) deep frontcourt. However, if he develops the ability to score 10 ppg along with it, we could be looking at a really impressive frontcourt, and eventually he could be in the conversation for one of the all-conference teams, if he was a regular double double player.

    I’d love to have him.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Sorry for the repost but….

    Just saw his list trimmed to 5 and no mention of pUke of L. All along I have had to listen to the Louisville radio stations intentionally not mentioning us as a potential suitor and now they don’t make the top 5 cut and we do…….Cheers to you Louisville and your slanted media coverage (recruiting tools) for pUke of L. Not trying to be over the top negative but this deal rubbed me the wrong way the whole time. Goodluck I hope you end up coming to IU and becoming a Candy Stripe Legend in Bloomington.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I heard from. Multiple reports, including ITH, that Vonleh put on 40 lbs!

  • GoIU811

    I haven’t heard 40 pounds from any sources. ITH reported on Vonleh on July 16th that he had put on 20 pounds, which put him up to 240.

  • HoosierTrav

    He’s put on close to 30 lbs of muscle.

  • IUBizmark

    I wasn’t super impressed with this video, but what do I know, I’m certainly not a scout.

  • Hoosierfan88

    Not a response to any one person in particular, but I highly doubt he has put on 20-40 pounds of muscle in a few months. That is physiologically impossible without any “added help”. A noob lifter who has never touched a weight can add 20-25 lbs of muscle in a YEAR! I apologize for being the party pooper of the day haha

  • Fulton

    In an espn article they did actually say 40 lbs! But I have a hard time seeing that. Plus, makes me wonder about the amount of time it may take for every part of his game to adjust To that much weight being added….well see

  • Ole Man

    Needs a lot of work offensively; but could be a good defender after he hits the weight room.
    I stopped counting how many bunnies/close range shots he missed.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Have watched a couple game clips of Okonoboh and have yet to see him take a play or two “off”. Speaks well of his motor, mind set and his coaches. Also noted that his blocked shots tend to stay in play…usually ending up in the hands of one of his teammates to start a break. I get a feeling that his friendship with Noah will turn out to be good for 2 reasons: 1. He’ll decide to come play at IU. 2. Noah will stay for at least a 2d year in order to help GO’s transition to the college game. I may be a dreamer or an realistic optimist…time will tell!

  • HoosierGrampy

    I seem to want to recall that Pritchard and Watford bricked their share of bunnies…as 4th year players. GO is 16 (or 17) yrs old…let’s see how he does this coming year.

  • marcusgresham

    I could put on 40 lbs. in a couple of months if I went to Bloomington—we don’t have a Steak & Shake in Corydon.

  • marcusgresham

    Or Goodluck plays the 5 and Fischer plays the 4. Luke’s got a far better shot.

  • bierkieser

    This coaching staff has said many times… It doesn’t matter what position you can play. The offense is fluid. The questions is what position can you guard? When you talk about Fischer and Goodluck, that could go back and forth from game to game or even minute to minute depending on who were playing against.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    as long as dook doesn’t land him….. what a player he would be!! GO IU!!

  • Ole Man

    IMHO, he needs a school like IU. Here he can put on the weight; learn the proper footwork; and develop an effective mid-range/in offensive game.
    Stay 3 years, get up to 10/11 PPG and 3 blocks and 8 rebounds, and the kid could go top five.
    Just pointing out that in the mix tapes I’ve seen (only a couple), he demonstrates a motor and raw talent.
    Definitely nowhere near where Cody or even Fisher were when they came in.

  • Darkside9861

    Anybody but Ohio St. We can’t lose him to another conference school.

  • Hoosierfan88

    But there is a Waffle House, Cracker Barrel, and El Nop. And then getting desert from Elvin’s Pastries? 40 lbs EASY

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t drink enough to frequent the Waffle House, but I’ve done my part to keep El Nopalito in business.

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