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2014 Intro: Obi Enechionyia
During the Presidential Hoopfest there was a buzz before Saint James (Md.) High School played their game. The reason for that was everybody wanted to see 2014 forward Obi Enechionyia. Enechionyia was flying somewhat under the radar, but not anymore. Last year Enechionyia spent his time in Virginia where he was played mostly as a low block center, but at Saint James he is allowed to play inside and out. This allows him to show off his impressive skill. In fact down three with under 10 seconds to play, Saint James drew up a play for Enechionyia to come off of a screen and bury a three, and he did just that to send the game into overtime. For Enechionyia he says after an early season setback, things are starting to get better for both him and his team. "At the beginning of the season I got injured, but after that I came back just wanting to work hard," said Enechionyia. "Our goal has been to win our conference, and we are motivated and on a roll." Defensively during the game Enechionyia was a game changer. He was blocking shots and rebounding at a very high level, and he says his defensive ability is one of the main strengths to his game. "My strengths are my motor, my athleticism, and I can take people off the dribble and shoot," he explained. "Also I feel I can block shots and rebound fairly well." According to Enechionyia and Saint James Head Coach Paul Easton, the schools recruiting him include Maryland, George Mason, Xavier, Miami, and West Virginia. At this point he has no offers, but that is sure to change once head coaches are able to see him in the spring. Right now it is still very early in the recruiting process for Enechionyia, but he does have a feel of what he will be looking for in a school. "I am looking for a school that fits my style of play and a place where I can go and play," said Enechionyia. "I don't want to go to a school and sit the bench." Even now as he is beginning to gain more and more recruiting attention, and interest from top AAU programs, Enechionyia is keeping everything in perspective. "I am just a sophomore so I know I have a lot of work to do to be able to play major college basketball," he said.
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