With the majority of Arizona's top prospects in the 2016 class off the recruiting board, one lesser known but top-rated prospect decided to play through the summer months, indicating that he would go the prep school route. While receiving loads of college interest during the spring months, Dysart High School's 2016 graduate, 6-foot-10 post Malik Ondigo decided to play through the summer and benefited a great deal.
While playing for the Arizona Power-Factory 17U team coached by Desert Vista HS head coach Gino Crump, Ondigo blossomed and caught the eye of numerous college coaches with his play. As a result, he received offers from such schools as Washington State, Purdue, Memphis, Texas Tech, Wyoming and Kansas State, just to name a few.
Still unclear in his decision for school next fall, Ondigo advised me that he still plans to go to prep school this fall, and then make his college decision while at South Kent Prep (CT) on the East Coast. Ondigo has also received offers from many schools for 2017 - in an attempt to red-shirt Ondigo next fall.
Since the beginning, Ondigo has planned to take a post-graduate year next fall to develop much more physically and to catch up in age. Still only 17 years of age, a post graduate year would do Ondigo very well, as he could mature much more physically and also mentally for the collegiate level - a perfect reason for a post-grad year and the true reason the NCAA allows for such a possible action.
Ondigo blossomed this spring, after a spring and summer (2015) last year where he struggled somewhat due to tendinitis in his knees, as a result of his immense physical growth. Last club season, Ondigo struggled running the floor like normal and did not have his normal lift off the ground. This club season, now much more athletic and active around the post, and able to run the floor like his normal self, Ondigo looked impressive.
Ondigo is also the son of a former college player that played locally at Grand Canyon University, so he has the bloodlines to develop physically over time. He is also an excellent student and carries a 3.3 CUM GPA.
We will continue to follow Ondigo's college recruitment closely, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Post players often take a much longer time to develop as college prospects, and as a result, I always have to project where a student-athlete will land over time. A post talent such as Ondigo projects extremely well, since he has excellent length and is still growing. His length and athleticism are attractive and his work ethic is as well. Ondigo has the body and early skillset that suggests that he will only continue to develop a great deal. His best attributes currently are his length which allow him to block or alter shots consistently, while also being able to actively rebound outside of his area of the floor. He has good anticipation and lateral quickness, and is also able to run the floor and finish in transition. Offensively, Ondigo has a solid jump hook and solid footwork, but is still developing. He will need to continue to develop his low post moves and also develop a consistent mid-range jump shot over time. As he gains a better feel for the game offensively, he will reach his maximum potential as a player. His best asset on the floor is his defensive ability and activity on the floor, which allows him to affect games. His affect on the game will only increase over time as well. A nice looking prospect all the way around with a very bright future ahead.