He’s got one of the coolest names in the country, it makes it even better that he’s one of the best freshman hoopers in the country.
Prince Aligbe, of Minnehaha Academy, is a 6-foot-6 small forward. He plays with Team Sizzle on the Under Armor circuit.
We had sometime during the live period to discuss several things with Prince, including the meaning behind his name, his recruitment, game breakdown, and more.
Here’s the debut piece of “Meet The Freshman”
Jake: “We discussed before how your name stands out, what’s the meaning behind your name?”
Prince: “I hear that a lot from people and writers whenever they hear my name. It simply just came from my dad having a dream about me a day before I was born. He saw a baby with a crown on its head. The rest was history.”
Jake: “Discuss how your recruitment has gone so far.”
Prince: “My recruitment is going really well right now. I have seven offers, they’re from Western Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Iowa, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt. I have also received interest from Purdue, Villanova, Memphis, Nevada, Nebraska, Tulane, Texas, and LSU.”
Jake: “If someone we’re to ask, who’s Prince Aligbe on the court? — how would you describe your game?”
Prince: “I’ll definitely describe my game as a two-way game. I play offense and defense really well. Many people love to talk about my athletic ability which is one of my better areas and my passing skill. Being able to setup up my teammates for open shots, dunks, layups, etc. Things I definitely need to improve on is my half court setting on the offense side, playing with or without the ball. Finally, it would be to improve my motor and try to make it as high as it can be.”
Jake: “What goals have you set for yourself?”
Prince: “My goal is definitely just to be the best player and person I can be, on and off the court. Playing in the NBA is definitely a dream that I have and that many others do also but also being able to know I have chances to go to college for free is a blessing. It’s just up to me to make the best out of it.”
Jake: “Growing up, did you have any dream schools?”
Prince: “My dream schools recently for the past couple years have been Villanova, UNC, and Tennessee because they are all schools that have a family atmosphere, and really mature players. But when the time comes for me to make a decision, it will definitely be a school that’s fits me and my goals.”
Jake: “The NBA out of high school rule might be back by the time you would enter college, would you consider going pro out of high school?”
Prince: “As of right now I don’t see myself going straight to the league, but you never know. I feel like going to college is a once in a lifetime experience and it will help me with other aspects of life after my basketball career is over.”
Photo Credit: Pioneer Press (Located Minnesota)