2020 Player Intro: Osasere Ighodaro Blowing Up

by Anthony Ray | Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Introducing one of the hottest young and developing prospects in the state, Desert Vista High School's gifted and aspiring 6-foot-9 rising junior forward Osasere Ighodaro.  Well, he really needs no introduction these days, as this young man has become one of the hottest young prospects in the state, and, possibly the West now.

After the end to his sophomore season and upon entering the 2018 club season, Osasere Ighodaro held no scholarship offers for himself, and was a rather unknown prospect in the state, and definitely outside of Arizona.  Since then, well, he has absolutely blown up on the recruiting radar, as numerous college programs are now in hot pursuit of the developing post prospect.

Odten times with college coaches, once one school offers, then others follow suit.  This has definitely been the case for Ighodaro.  Just in the month of July, he has received offers from San Jose State, Montana, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and UC-San Diego.   Many more schools are beginning to share the same interest in this budding young prospect, so we could see many more offers for himself over the next (6) months.

Ighodaro is a nice recruiting target for mid-major division-I programs and lower 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 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.

While Ighodaro showed some of this potential as a sophomore with the Desert Vista program last season, he was in a limited role.  Next season as a junior, he will be relied on heavily by head coach Gino Crump to help lead a program that has lost a lot to graduation and transfers.  Osasere will have a nice opportunity this high school season to add to his new-found fame among college programs.

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.

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