Top-100 NCAA Basketball Guard prospect Otega Oweh is set to make a decision soon. Which teams are in the mix to land him?
One of the best NCAA Basketball prospects from the East Coast is Otega Oweh, a consensus four-star shooter in the 2022 recruiting class. 247sportsComposite has him at No. 73 overall and a rising star. The 6’4 athlete is an elite scorer and showed this summer that he can also be an elite player.
As a strong top-100 two-way prospect, many power conference programs on the East Coast have been after natives of Blairstown, New Jersey. And all summer, Oh has taken several visits to teams that have reportedly been in the mix, including Miami, Penn State, Oklahoma and Illinois. He also took an unofficial visit to Seton Hall at one point, so the assumption is that they are in progress as well.
Without an official candidate list, we can only assume that one of the programs Oweh has visited will be the ultimate winner of his recruitment, with October 1st decision date. Here’s a closer look at what each of the five potentially involved programs can offer.
Illinois fights Illini
That Illini may have some open spots in the front lane but not in the half of the lane. Along with a trio of four-star first-year guards already on the roster, they have commitments from four-star point guard Jayden Epps and top-50 shooting guard Sencire Harris. Oweh could find himself a place of rotation, but with the core of guards all young for Illinois, that would not be a guarantee at all.
There is a very good chance that all three starting guards (Isaiah Wong, Charlie Moore and Kameron McGusty) are gone after next season. And although the team has four-star freshmen Nisine Poplar and Jakai Robinson in, there is not that much future depth on board compared to Illinois. The only problem here is how long head coach Jim Larranaga will be there, as he is already over 70 years old, on a program that has not completed over .500 overall in the last three years.
After landing several degree transfers and returning seniors Elijah Harkless and Umoja Gibson, Sooners will land more guards in the 2022 class. Only four-star newly trained marksman CJ Noland is guaranteed on the list, giving Oweh a clear path to playing time and a big role. He would also fit in well with the new head coach Porter Moser’s system thanks to his two-way strengths.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Already with one Top 10 current 2022 class, new head coach Micah Shrewsbury has been extremely busy adding talent, including four-star center Kebba Njie. However, Oweh could not only be the highest ranked in this group, but potentially the highest rated ever in modern history according to 247 sports. He wanted a starting position and could very well be a prominent player in attack for this rebuilding program, but had to go through a lot of growing pains … and losses in the big ten.
Seton Hall Pirates
The “local” option for the group, the pirates need to lock in their hometown talent. But they have done well in the portal and landed the American degree transfer Jamir Harris and Syracuse guard Kadary Richmond. With four-star guard Brandon Weston also on the backcourt team, the road to playing time is not so clear for Oweh unless Richmond goes pro sooner or later.
Right now, Penn State is the rumored leader of Oweh, which would be huge for the program’s reconstruction efforts. This top-100 prospect is likely to pick one of these five teams and have a future impact. We’ll find out his decision in just a few days.
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