When watching so many players from the sidelines, some players clearly showcase their upside on the court that should attract college coaches from all around. At times though, it may take a little time for some to develop their overall game but they are clearly oozing with potential.
One prospect to really keep an eye on this year is 2021 6’9 Keeyan Itejere from Grace Christian. He has gone from an unknown prospect to one that is starting to earn offers from college coaches and attention around the country.
When you watched Itejere a while back, it was easy to see that his game was raw, still developing his body and his skill set as a player with his size. Fast forward to today, Itejere has put in the hard work and now shows incredible versatility, mobility, and production on both ends of the floor.
When you watch him on defense, he has incredible length and timing, really being disruptive and a shot blocker; just last year, he recorded 71 blocks as a sophomore.
Offensively though, the junior shows that he has incredible mobility in running the floor along with the ability to handle the ball. Now, he is going up against Jaylon Gibson at Grace Christian and it continues to improve his offensive feel. Itejere works well down low in the paint, he uses his length to his advantage and attacks the rim (that can be in the half-court or in transition).
Early on, Radford and Elon have sent an offer his way as they have liked what they have seen and hope to grab an under-the-radar versatile big.
“My recruitment started this year, so I’m pretty early in my recruitment process,” he told Phenom Hoops. “They liked how as a tall guy, I am able to run the floor like a guard and handle the ball really well along with being aggressive with the ball. With that, they said my defense would be able to be implemented at a high-level of play.”
Schools like BYU, Georgia State, Utah have shown interest and he recently visited Virginia as well, so more could and should be coming his way. From a raw and unknown prospect to now being recruited as a Division I talent, Itejere is a name that you will want to get familiar with quickly if you haven’t already.