Anali Okoloji Picks Up More Offers; All-Ohio Red Keeps Rolling into 09

by Alex Schwartz

I received a text message on Saturday from Anali Okoloji '09 from Benjamin Banneker (NY) with some big news for the wing from the Empire State. "I had a big workout at my school . DePaul Head Coach Jerry Wainwright was there . . . [and] Binghamton Head Coach Kevin Broadus was there. They are going to offer, [I think]. TCU was there [too]. They said I am a pure 2-3, they said I could play the shooting guard or 3 position." Okoloji, who began the year at Charis Prep (NC), but transferred back to Banneker, also claimed offers from Missouri and St. Bonaventure, and added, "I got more on the way." Right now, Anali says DePaul, TCU, and Binghamton are his leaders. Since that workout, Okoloji has received offers from two of those schools: DePaul and TCU. I'll be sure to keep you up to date on Anali Okoloji's recruitment.

One of the top AAU tournaments of the circuit was this weekend in Hampton, Virginia; the Boo Williams Invitational. A Nike event with an absolutely loaded field with teams from literally all over the nation, there's always a large number of big-time teams and high-major players. Although I did not get to make it out to the Boo Williams Sports Complex for the tournament, I was able to get some updates and also read about it on Scout and Rivals. All-Ohio Red dominated the U-16 age group last year, losing just one game all spring and summer (they fell to DC Assault on a buzzer beater in the championship at the Pitt Jam Fest), dominating their competition and winning many tournaments along the way, including the Nike AAU Super Showcase and the U-16 Nationals. Well, in their first major tournament of this spring, the boys from the Buckeye State took home yet another crown. Led by Ohio State-pledges Jared Sullinger '10 and Jordan Sibert '10, Tennessee-commit Aaron Craft '10, Dayton-bound Juwan Staten '10, and uncommitted Adreian Payne '10, the squad kept rolling. All-Ohio Red took the U-17 title at the Boo Williams Invitational, defeating Michael Gilchrist '11 and Co. with Team Final (PA), by three points. It looks like it could be another Red spring and summer.

Note- photo is of Adreian Payne and is from

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