2013 Intro: Goodluck Okonoboh


Goodluck Okonoboh is a class of 2013 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward out of Tilton School in New Hampshire that’s been playing very well on the prep circuit this fall. He’s excelled at numerous high profile events and Michigan has jumped into the youngsters recruitment in an effort and is in the early stages of showing interest. I caught up with Okonoboh earlier this week to discuss the recruiting process, his game and more.

For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? I’m just a hard working guy. I can step out and shoot, I like to block a lot of shots and rebound and I just got nice post moves.

What schools are recruiting you right now? UConn, Syracuse, West Virginia, Michigan, Louisville. There’s a lot of schools.

Biggest strength? Right now my defense.

Need to work on the most? Everything.

Has anybody offered you a scholarship? Yeah, Syracuse, Missouri and Providence. I can’t really name all of them.

When did Michigan start recruiting you? This summer. I talked to one of the coaches. I forget his name right now, but we always talk on Facebook and things like that. He’s always staying in touch with me and watching me.

Do you plan on visiting Michigan? Yeah, it’s a school I’ll probably visit when we get out and see what Michigan’s all about.

Any idea when you’d like to do that? Not sure, it’s probably something I should be thinking about eventually.

Have you visited other schools? I’ve been to Syracuse, I visited Providence. I visited a couple schools that weren’t really official official visits.

What do you know about Michigan? I know Mitch McGary just committed there and I know Jamal Crawford played there.

Do you know Mitch? I played against him but I don’t really know him personally.

Any one or two schools that stand out right now? I’m still playing the field with every school that’s recruiting me. I’m very happy that these schools are recruiting me.

Any player that people compare you to? I have athletic ability like Hakim Warrick from Syracuse. There’s a little bit of everyone.

When you do come to making a decision, what’ll be the most important criteria? Academics first. I want a school that wins, and a school that I can make a quick impact as a freshman.

Any idea when you’d like to make a decision? Probably next summer or after the summer. I’m weighing my options right now.

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  • At 2:25 in the highlight video he dunks on Mitch McGary :O 

  • KRN

    The New England prep schools are ripe with talent every year. Glad to see Beilein digging into his Big East roots by pursuing these guys.

  • KRN

    Also, as for Okonoboh, it will be a tough pull if UCONN offers. He’s Alex Oriakhi’s cousin.

  • Tt

    The first thing he thinks of re: UM is that Jamal Crawford played there? Interesting…

  • SamGoBlue

    One thing is for certain: If he were in the Big Ten this season, his flat top would give Ryan Evans a good battle for tops in the conference.

  • Flwolve

    Is #3 related to Goodluck?  They look very similar.

    • KRN

      #3 is Nerlens Noel, the #2 prospect overall in 2013.

  • It’s funny because I imagine people would say “he doesn’t fit into Coach B’s skilled big man system.”  But this is exactly the type of player we need to match up defensively with the top tier teams in the country.  This guy could easily average 16 and 12 any year where he gets significant PT.  It’s precisely the combination of talent – like mixing a Donnal and Okonobah that creates championship caliber teams.  I wish I had never seen this video because I get excited and deep down I know this kid is a long shot.

  • Sporty_et

    Goodluck updated