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2018 Forward Kalu Ezikpe Talks Recruiting

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Kalu Ezikpe, the 6-foot-8 forward from Discovery High (GA), seems to be flying under the radar of most major division one programs. The 247Sports No. 289 prospect spilt his summer playing between the Georgia Stars and AC Georgia.

Ezikpe is a versatile forward who is capable of stretching the defense beyond the three-point line. He has the ability to grab the rebound and bring the ball up to initiate the offense. His versatility has been key for his recruiting up to this point.

Ezikpe caught up with D1Vision to talk about his Summer and recruiting.

What schools do you hold offers from at this moment?

Ezikpe: Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast, Troy, Tennessee Tech, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee State, Mercer, South Alabama, North Carolina-Greensboro, Old Dominion, Furman, Wofford, Murray State, Louisiana Tech, UMASS, Towson, VCU, and Western Carolina

What schools are showing at least medium interest that haven’t offered yet?

Ezikpe: Richmond, South Carolina, Kansas State, and Clemson

Any official visits coming up?

Ezikpe: I have one to Middle Tennessee State on October 7th

What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses on the court?

Ezikpe: My strengths are I am good at taking someone down low if they are smaller or weaker. If they bigger, I’m good at getting by them on the wing. My weaknesses are being able to guard on the perimeter and my athleticism needs to improve a little bit.

What do you do differently than anyone else on the court?

Ezikpe: I come with a lot of energy every game. Also I am unselfish and enjoy making the extra pass

Is there any particular style of basketball you like to play?

Kalu: I like to play with a decent pace. I like it when the offense hunts for good shots kind of like the Spurs

How was your Summer playing with the Georgia Stars?

Ezikpe: I didn’t like the coaching and everyone just did whatever they wanted. We were losing games, so I left and played with my team that I played with my sophomore Summer (AC Georgia)

How was your Summer playing with AC Georgia?

Ezikpe: It went pretty good. I felt like I was able to develop a lot of my game.

Who was your toughest one-on-one matchup this Summer?

Ezikpe: Emmitt Williams, Vernon Carey and Colin Castleton. Emmitt Williams played hard and was a monster on the glass. Colin Castleton and Vernon Carey were both very skilled and big.

Do you feel like you have gone underrated in the recruiting process? If so, why?

Ezikpe: Extremely, it’s like if you aren’t on a shoes team schools feel as if you aren’t good enough. There are tons of dudes going high major that I’ve played. I played on a shoe team that I thought wasn’t very good. I felt like I was a much better player than most of them. I was offered by every single shoe team in the state of Georgia and even border schools, but said no because I thought it wouldn’t matter much.

What player do you compare yourself to and why?

Ezikpe: Paul Millsap, not the quickest on the wing or strongest, but yet so smooth and skilled he gets his shots off. I really enjoy watching Paul Pierce and Anthony Davis as well.

It will be interesting to see if South Carolina, Kansas State or Clemson get into the mix late with Ezikpe. Without playing full-time on a shoe deal AAU team, this could allow a mid-major to get a steal with Ezikpe on the recruiting trail.

 

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