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Top-60 junior Prince Aligbe discusses his recruitment

October 10, 2020

Minnehaha Academy’s 6-foot-6 wing and hidden gem Prince Aligbe is now entering his junior year as well as his third-consecutive year on varsity. Aligbe has been teamed up with two Top-10 prospects in Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren but with the departure of Suggs, Aligbe is expected to contribute even more on offense, adding on to his 11 points per game in which he averaged last season.

Many got their first looks at Aligbe when the Redhawks faced off against the national powerhouse, Sierra Canyon. The game took place at the Target Center, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves in front of 17,000 fans and Aligbe was extremely impressive.

The defensive stopper had 18 points and eight assists, along with several blocks and great covers on the defensive end. It had been one of his best games of the season and along with other impressive outings, it drew the attention of many college coaches and now he sparks busy recruitment.

He broke it all down with

Which schools are on you the hardest would you say?

Aligbe: “Ohio State, California Berkeley, Marquette, Florida, Gonzaga, Auburn, and Georgetown are probably on me the hardest as of right now.”

What about any newer programs entering the mix?

Aligbe: “Iowa State and Memphis are some of the newer ones.”

Your former teammate Jalen Suggs is enrolled at Gonzaga, what’s their pitch?

Aligbe: “Gonzaga’s Coach Michaelson has been doing a really good job of staying in touch with me and reaching out to just catch up on things.”

Georgetown has been heavily involved, what is the pitch from them?

Aligbe: “Coach Ewing and Coach Waheed from Georgetown have really been picking up the pace with my recruiting. Calling me almost every week for about the past 1 month.”

How about a program like Auburn?

Aligbe: “Coach Bowman from Auburn has also been staying in touch with me almost every day. He loves to get across to me how he sees a lot of similarities between me and Issac Okoro.”

How has the virtual visit process been going for you?

Aligbe: “Virtual visits have been really hectic as of recent. I had one last night with Marquette. But the coaches have really been communicating to me what they see for me as an athlete and person in the future.”

When would you like to make the next move in the recruiting process?

Aligbe: “Probably next spring or summer. I’ll get to see what coaches are still in the mix and which ones start to arise up.”

With a bigger role, what are your expectations for this season?

Aligbe: “My expectations for the season are that we win a state championship. Also to play as a new team with a new style of play, and really emerge as a leader and a player of my own.”

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