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Basketball Recruiting

Four-star incoming junior Amare Bynum talks recruiting, his game

July 17, 2023

Omaha Bryan High School’s Amare Bynum is a 6-foot-8 forward who has emerged on the scene over the last few months. Standing out this AAU season with MoKan Elite, Bynum is now being viewed as a possible ranking jumper in the 2025 class and it makes all the sense why he would be in such a conversation.

After a successful sophomore campaign, where he totaled 16.5 points, 8.5 boards, and nearly 2.5 blocks per game, Bynum continued his success after the high school season leading into Nike Elite’s Top-100 camp where he was amongst the camp's standouts.

Bynum, who is the son of former Iowa State Cyclone star Omar Bynum, is looking to cement a legacy of his own and is on the path to doing just that. Speaking of the Cyclones, they’re one of many schools that have extended a scholarship offer to Bynum and he has already taken an official visit with the program.

With AAU season over, I fully expect Bynum to stay in the gym and continue to improve his game which will prime him for a huge junior campaign, one in which I feel like he’s going to assert himself as one of 2025’s top forward prospects.

Speaking on his recruitment and game, Bynum got with to discuss both of those. 

Which schools are most involved in your recruitment?

“I would say, Creighton, Iowa State, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Oregon.”

Are there any new schools in the mix?

“Yeah, the main one has been Xavier.”

How would you break down Creighton, what are they pitching?

“I would say that Creighton is a program that is about winning and about spacing the floor, also all about the details. Coach McDermott and I have a great relationship and I would say that he pitches to me that I can be a great player at Creighton and make the program better. He also says I have a great overall game.”

How about Iowa State, what thoughts on them, and the visit you took there?

“When I went on my unofficial visit there, I loved how the team had great energy, how Coach TJ and the staff had great energy, from start till the end. They love working on defense and making sure everybody knows what they’re doing. My thoughts on the campus are that it is very nice, everything is close by and the arena is very nice and huge, they told me it gets loud and energetic when the season starts.”

How about Nebraska, the local school?

“I would say Nebraska loves how I am very versatile and can bring the ball up the court. I would say their pitch to me is that I can be a great player that helps the program.”

How about your newest offer from Oregon?

“I would say that they love how physical I am and how versatile I am.”

Are you in the process of planning any more visits?

“I think I’m going to Creighton on August 1st on another unofficial visit, then I don’t know about others I’m still trying to figure something out [with the other schools].”

As far as your game, how has it evolved this year?

“I would say my shot has improved a lot and that my body has changed. I been lifting a lot and doing a lot of stretches. Then I would say my ball-handling and my post-work. I’ve been working on that stuff so I can improve as much as I did this summer.”

Speaking of improving, what areas of your game are you working on now?

“I would say getting more space off the dribble and making more shots off the dribble.”

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