2021 combo guard Ethan Okwuosa of Cheshire Academy (CT) is being patient throughout the process.
He’s not interested in going to the biggest school possible. He’s looking for a program that will help him develop on and off the court, a program that has a coach with experience and teammates that look forward to helping him navigate his way through the process.
“I’m looking for a program that will develop me personally” Okwuosa said. “Mainly academically but also on the court by helping me get better, bigger, stronger and faster.”
So far, he’s got offers from NJIT, Quinnipiac and Lafayette. Boston, Holy Cross, UPenn, UNC-Charlotte, Drexel, Central Connecticut State, Sacred Heart, Fairfield and UConn are showing interest.
He’s already taken visits to Fairfield, Quinnipiac and recently Lafayette. He left the campus at Lafayette with an offer and enjoyed the time he spent on campus with the coaches.
“I met with the coach and he talked to me, and offered me a full scholarship,” he said. “He told me that I fit in the program well and fit all of their requirements. I was pretty excited.”
More and more programs are starting to get involved with the 6-3 guard. Fairfield, UNC-Wilmington, South Dakota, Quinnipiac, Dartmouth, Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut State, Binghamton and more have already been in the gym in the past month.
Okwuosa will have plenty of opportunity to continue showcasing his game to college coaches who like a lot about his game.
“[College coaches] really like how I’m versatile and how I get everyone involved,” he said. “I’m a leader on the court.”
Going forward Okwuosa will be paying attention to how a program intends to utilize him, develop him as a player and help him reach his full potential. But the thing he’s focused on more than anything is the academic aspect of college. He’s looking forward to getting a great education at the next level as well because the ball doesn’t bounce forever.
“Academics are very important especially when deciding a school,” he explained. “After basketball you still need to figure out what you want to do with your life and academics plays a huge part in that.”