Pitino Showing Interest In Junior College Big Man

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At this point, all signs point to Louisville landing 6-foot-9 center Chinanu Onuaku on Friday afternoon when he’s set to make his college decision. Miami and Georgetown are also in the mix, but it certainly looks like Louisville is in the driver seat.

Unfortunately, you can never be too sure when it comes to recruiting, which is why Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is still actively exploring all options in the front-court.

Earlier this week, Pitino and one of his assistant coaches traveled to Texas to watch Tobe Okafor, a 6-foot-10, 228-pound, center from West Texas College. Okafor is originally from the North Carolina area, but played his last year of prep ball at Maine Central Institute.

He was initially a member of the 2012 class and signed to play with Loyola Marymount, but asked to be released from his letter of intent and wound up taking the JUCO route.

Okafor didn’t pick up an offer from Louisville just yet, but it sounds like Pitino and his staff are intrigued by the 6-foot-10, 230-pound prospect.

“The coaches told me they were very interested,” Okafor said via phone on Tuesday. “They asked me a lot of questions and asked what part of my game that I needed to work on. I feel that it (Louisville) would be a good fit for me.”

Okafor also said that he expects at least one of the coaches to be in attendance this weekend as Texas Western competes in the JUCO Blowout in Dallas, TX.

At this point, Okafor has offers from Kansas State and Old Dominion. He claims to be receiving interest from Gonzaga, Oregon State, Minnesota and Wichita State.

It’ll be interesting to see if Louisville still continues to express interest if they receive a commitment from Chinanu Onuaku later this week.

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