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2022's Ernest Udeh Jr. amidst a breakout, talks new suitors

May 25, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, I watched a big man by the name of Ernest Udeh Jr.

The Dr. Phillips big man and the 6-foot-10 junior out of Florida is one of the more underrated bigs in the entire class of 2022. He had an excellent showing this weekend in Dallas and was dominant for Southeast Elite. The development from when I watched him in 2020 till now has been drastic and his upside is through the roof.

Udeh Jr. is a dynamic two-way prospect. Can be a physical and dominant paint beast on the offensive end and then he reciprocates it on the other end as he blocks a high amount of shots. In addition, he is a really confident prospect and one of those guys that back up his talk. 

His recruitment? Will grow.

Florida, Ole Miss, Temple, USF, are amongst the ten scholarship offers that he currently holds, a list I expect to grow with many new programs entering the mix as he has a strong start to AAU basketball after the weekend he had. So, that leaves us with this, which programs are in the mix, and have any new ones get involved?

Udeh Jr. answers those hard-hitting questions for

Which schools are heavily involved with your recruitment?

“Florida, Ole Miss, and Temple I would say.”

After the strong weekend you had, have you heard from any new ones?

“Kansas, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Georgia, Stanford, and Notre Dame.”

In short, how do you feel about your new offer from Miami?

“The Miami offer to me is a really big one since it is my first ACC offer. Looking forward to learning more about them and getting to know the coaches.”

How about one of your first offers out of ten, Temple, thoughts on them?

“Temple shows a lot of love, especially from my guy Jim Fenerty. Coach McKie really showed me that there is a fun side to basketball but that it is also a lifestyle.”

How about one of your newer interests, Kansas?

“I spoke to Kansas which was big to me because Udoka [Azubuike] went there, and he was one of the toughest bigs I’ve seen. Also, him being from Nigeria speaks volumes for me.”

Any idea on a commitment timeline?

“I don’t plan on committing anytime soon, but I won’t be committing late either.”

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