Okonoboh commits to UNLV

Goodluck Okonoboh, a center from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts and one of Indiana’s top targets for 2014, committed to UNLV on Thursday night on ESPNU during halftime of the Western Kentucky-Louisiana Monroe football game.

Okonoboh, who had narrowed his finalists to Indiana, UNLV and Ohio State, is the No. 32 player in the Class of 2014 according to Rivals.com.

“It was just the relationship,” Okonoboh said on ESPNU. “The relationship with Coach (Dave) Rice. We built a great relationship on and off the court. They had the best blueprint for me. I’m just excited to be a Rebel, man.”

Okonoboh is one of several top 100 targets the Hoosiers have recruited in this class that have chosen other programs, including swingman Theo Pinson, guard Isaiah Whitehead and point guard Lourawls “Tum-Tum” Nairn. So far, the Hoosiers have just one commitment in the class in Robert Johnson, a guard from Virginia and the No. 42 player in the class.


  1. another committ the :Big fish in a small pond team. playing against the likes of Air Force ( has a height restraint) will make his numbers look REAL good….Great competition in the Mountain West conference ( eye roll)I think playing time ;once again has played a role

  2. At least we won’t be seeing him in a Buckeye uniform…. Best of fortunes Mr. Okonoboh.

  3. Devin Robinson, Robert Johnson, and James Blackmon, Jr. are the players I wanted to see sign with IU all along. If we get 2 or 3 of them, then I think the 2014 Class will be a major success. Onward to Midnight Madness!

  4. Actually thought that GO was worried about playing time with Fischer, Noah and Hanner getting the minutes. Just my Hoosier thought.

  5. Hoosier Cruiser is right. With who we have already, I never saw GO fitting in with our roster. We aren’t UK where everyone leaves each year and players can immediately come in and play.

  6. Another great loss ,this kid is a good person and had a terrific potential to become a great player. I have to agree that the 2013 class is a major problem for incoming recruits . If Vonleh stays more than one year GO will get very few minutes. Robinson is now a must get! Blackmon is gone forever ,he is at KY this weekend thanks to his dad’s manipulation of his career for his own benefit. We were played! Now another commit ,the Park Tudor kid bails on Alford and UCLA ! The decommits have become a major issue as well as bringing in the players high school coach as a assistant! Seton Hall is being investigated now as for first time in twenty years they have three players rated in the top 100 and have hired coaches of each one of them including Whitehead .I think we took GO and Blackmon for granted and got burned when it counted. Most of the players we have lost have been on last minute changes of heart! Except for Blackmon ,that was part of the plan all along. He better take a look at his future teammates at KY tonight and see who he can steal pt from. They have bigger and faster shooting guards then he is coming in. Having said that he is a pure shooter and can light it up . He would be the perfect guy to play in the back court with Robert Johnson.

  7. notice Vijay Blackmon is not on the hh list for tonight. tells you all you need to know about our chances with his older brother. personally, I could care less.

  8. Butler, Purdue, and Xavier showed up at Park Tudor this morning! Has CTC written him off? He is a player for sure, but not as good as Robinson!

  9. The sky is falling!…The sky is falling! Well maybe not! If IU can get a commitment from Devin Robinson, that will mean that for 2014, a class where IU has 2 scholarships available (plus 1 over-sign), IU will have the #20 player in Robinson and the #42 player in Johnson. We can save the over-sign for the Spring signing period and use it for Dante Exum (the #1 player around) or use it to pick up a top 20 kid still unsigned in the Spring. That would make 2014 the best recruiting class in the Crean era: #1, #20, and #42 in a 3-man class. However, it is somewhat depressing to realize that due to the absurd ego inflation of national AAU ball, Indiana kids like Lyles, Lyle and Blackmon really do not get the “because it is Indiana” thought.

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