One of the top overall prospects in Arizona's 2020 Class is setting himself up to make his college decision this fall. After a very busy spring where he received numerous scholarship offers for himself, and became one of the hottest prospects in the West, Desert Vista High School's 6-foot-9, 185-pound senior post Osasere Ighodaro has now trimmed his recruiting list to four schools.
With more than (20) different scholarship offers on the table for himself, Ighodaro has now decided to focus on (4) different schools for himself. He will take official recruiting visits Marquette, Vanderbilt, Texas and Stanford (in no particular order).
All four school options for Ighodaro are excellent options for a prospect that a year ago, had only several division-I offers. A year later, after excellent promotion from his club organizers and high school coaching staff, as well as strong performances on the AAU /club circuit, and "Osa" had generated offers from a long list of schools, including Arizona, Cal, USC, Northwestern, Saint Mary's, New Mexico, Weber State, UC-Irvine, Pepperdine, Rice, Grand Canyon, UC-Riverside, San Diego, San Jose State, UC-San Diego, Southern Utah, Montana and Northern Arizona.
He will now focus on four different college programs, and does not have a clear leader in his college recruitment at this point, so it will be very interesting to see who ultimately wins out for his services.
Ighodaro has quickly become, in a short period of time, one of the hottest prospects in the country, as he has seen his college recruitment completely ignite since the end to the high school season. Very rarely does a college prospect see his recruitment shift gears to another level such as this, in one season. Former top-rated Arizona prospects such as Michael Humphrey (Stanford), Mitch Lightfoot (Kansas) and Zylan Cheatham (Arizona State), just to name a few, are names that come to mind when thinking about former Arizona prospects that saw such a quick rise in their college recruitment during the spring and summer before the start to their senior seasons. Ighodaro has quickly become, in a short period of time, one of the hottest prospects in the country, as he has seen his college recruitment completely ignite since the end to the high school season.
Ighodaro is a nice recruiting target as a result of his promise as a college prospect. He has a long, lengthy frame that looks like it can mature a great deal still, and he also should add some serious size and strength over time. He has almost unlimited potential as a player and prospect, and he already possesses a good overall skill level and approach to the game, which is very attractive to college coaches.
This past season as a junior, he was relied on heavily by head coach Gino Crump to lead the program, which had lost a lot to graduation and transfers. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per/game as a junior - numbers that will definitely gain a major boost next year in his final senior season.
I will continue to follow his recruitment very closely, and look to bring you more recruiting updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Osasere Ighodaro is a unique physical talent, since he has excellent size and length and is still growing a great deal into his young frame. He has a long, lengthy frame that looks like it can mature a great deal still, and also add serious size and strength over time. He has almost unlimited potential as a player, and he already possesses a good overall skill level and approach to the game, which is very attractive to college coaches. He has a good shooting stroke with a pure touch out to 15 - 18 feet, but he is at his best from mid-range and around the basket, where he uses his soft touch to convert scoring opportunities. He has good low-post footwork and a nice jump hook. He is crafty around the basket which suits him nicely, and, as he matures physically, he will relish physical contact much more over time. While he will never be truly physical, added maturity will make him a much better finisher over time. He runs the very floor well and has good hands, but needs to get much physically stronger to maximize his potential as a player. An active rebounder as a result of his length. A very capable shotblocker that keeps balls in play. Has excellent upside. Potential is almost limitless.