Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mario Onoh Recruitment Picking Up

Mario Onoh is a unknown name in recruiting circles but not unknown in coaching circles.

Onoh, a 6-2 guard, from Jamaica Queens, New York, is now prepping at Hebron Academy in Maine before spending four years at Lewisville High School in Texas.

So far he's been a coaches best friend. He's a great student in the classroom that has a good GPA and also a good person off the court.

"I was TABC [Texas Association of Basketball Coaches] academic all-state last year," he said. He's continued that level of success in the classroom and that is why so many prestigious universities are give him a look right now.

Onoh listed interest from American, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Cal Poly, Hartford, Manhattan, Mount St. Mary, NJIT, Richmond, St. Francis (NY) and UCSB.

He also recently visited Hartford last weekend and NJIT earlier this week.

This is what many athletes find attractive about prep school. Not only can you go up one class, but you can also have that extra time to develop your game. Onoh realized that and that was one of the many reasons why he chose to go prep.

"A lot of schools wanted me because I went prep," he said. "In Texas, I had a defensive role and I always guarded the other teams best player. I had to sacrifice a lot of my offense but I had no problem with that because we won a lot of games."

Playing in that role helped him out a lot. His energy dictates his game and once he gets energized, he a good defender. But since going prep, it's been more energy on both ends. Just this past week, Onoh was named Athlete of the Week in Maine after averaging 22 points and nine rebounds per game.

The kid certainly has talent and is a player deserving of a look.