He’s a Rebel!

New England Recruiting Report | Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

He’s a Rebel!

Wilbraham & Monson and Mass Rivals big man Goodluck Okonoboh announced his commitment to UNLV on ESPNU on Thursday night, live from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut.  

The six-foot-nine big man had cut his list to five schools in August and taken official visits to Indiana, Ohio State, and UNLV in recent weeks.  Duke and Florida were also included in his final five.

Widely considered to be one of the best shot-blockers and defensive big men in the country, Okonoboh will be joining another local product with a similar pedigree in current UNLV big man Khem Birch.  

Together, they could potentially form arguably the preeminent interior tandem in the country on the defensive end of the floor, although the possibility also exists that Okonoboh could replace Birch in the UNLV line-up should he elect to declare for the NBA Draft.  

Okonoboh was originally a member of the 2013 class but reclassified back to 2014 upon arriving at Wilbraham and Monson last fall.  He ultimately saw recruitment from some of the most prestigious high-major programs in the country before beginning to cut his list.  

He’s also been selected to participate in a number of the most prestigious events in the country including the Lebron James Skills Academy, Adidas Nations, Under Armour All-American Camp, and most recently, the Elite 24 game in August.  

Okonoboh is currently the 21st ranked player and 4th best center in the ESPN 100 as well as the second overall prospect in New England’s 2014 class.  He is the fourth member of this summer's Mass Rivals team to commit to a division I school joining Kaleb Joseph (Syracuse), Mike Auger (Penn), and Sammy Mojica (Drexel).