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2013 Recruit Goodluck Okonoboh Likes WVU


Tilton high school teammates Goodluck Okonoboh and Nerlens Noel were both square in the target of the WVU basketball program during their recent trip to Morgantown. Both were in town to play in the Prime Time Shootout at University High School.

Read more about Noel's visit here.

Okonoboh is ranked as the No. 60 player overall in the 2013 class by ESPNU. He has not yet put together a list of schools he is targeting, but did enjoy his visit to West Virginia University.

"I thought it was real nice," Okonoboh said. "It's a real big place and just a fun place to be around."

He had the chance to meet with some of the WVU assistant coaches and see the facilities.

"I talked to an assistant coach and we went on a little tour around campus," Okonoboh said. "They have real down-to-earth coaches."

Okonoboh does more of his talking on the court than he does to the media. However, he makes his words count. For example, it is easy to understand in one short statement how he feels about the idea of possibly playing for West Virginia University Head Coach Bob Huggins.

"Yea, I definitely think I could play for Coach Huggins," Okonoboh said with a smile. "He has tough love."

Okonoboh took advantage of the opportunity to speak with more than just the assistant coaches. He also talked to one of West Virginia's true freshmen for their thoughts on playing at WVU.

"I talked to the starting point guard for the team, Jabarie Hinds and he is a real cool dude," Okonoboh said. "I talked to him about how the practices were and he was letting me know more about the school that I couldn't see."

Okonoboh appears to be the kind of player Huggins looks for in that he is not a selfish player and likes to contribute in other ways than scoring. When asked what he thinks he does well on the floor, he answered with four words, "Rebounding and blocked shots."

Okonoboh was in attendance when West Virginia beat Cincinnati in overtime. That game was played in front of a sold out crowd at the Coliseum.

"The game was a real good atmosphere and it was fun," Okonoboh said smiling. "I was pretty pleased. When I think of West Virginia I don't really think of this. I think of more country-type of place, but it was real nice."

Okonoboh will continue his junior season waiting to compile a list of target schools until the summer. In the meantime he will keep a deliberate idea of what he wants to see when he does visit a college campus, "Just a program that wins and a program that I can get better and grow for the next level."

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