One of the hottest developing prospects in the state's 2020 Class of prospects just got much hotter, as Desert Vista High School's promising 6-foot-9, 185-pound junior forward Osasere Ighodaro has received his 10th different division-I offer, and his latest offer is surely his biggest, as "Osa," as he is known, received an offer from a prominent PAC-12 program.
With (10) division-I offers now to his credit, Ighodaro received his latest offer this week from Stanford University, an offer that may be very difficult for him to overlook. A very accomplished student-athlete, Stanford does not extend offers to prospective student-athletes until they are sure that the prospect will pass admissions into their school. Well, Ighodaro has received his entrance confirmation to the program, and now he has an offer from the Stanford coaching staff.
Ighodaro enters his final spring and summer as one of the hottest prospect in the West. Last summer he reeled in numerous offers for himself, and so he now has (9) other offers to his credit from such schools as Pepperdine, Grand Canyon, UC-Riverside, San Diego, San Jose State, UC-San Diego, Southern Utah, Montana and Northern Arizona.
After the end to his sophomore season and upon entering the 2018 club season, Ighodaro held no scholarship offers for himself, and was a rather unknown prospect in the state, and definitely outside of Arizona. Since then, and over the last year, he has absolutely blown up on the recruiting radar, as numerous college programs are now in hot pursuit of the developing post prospect.
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.
While Ighodaro showed some of this potential as a sophomore with the Desert Vista program last season, he was in a limited role. 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.
Now with a Stanford offer on the table, by far his biggest offer to date, look for many high-major programs to now take a hard look at this young man over the next (6) months, if he doesn't decide to end his college reruitment now that he has such a big offer on the table for himself.
I will continue to follow his progress as a college prospect closely over the next year, and look forward to bringing you any recruiting updates about him as well.
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.