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’20 Big Man Josh Ogundele Enjoys Hawkeye Official

October 16, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Recruiting can include falsehoods and facades meant to influence a prospect. Josh Ogundele isn’t interested in either.

It’s one of the main reasons he enjoyed his Iowa official visit this past weekend. He felt like the the Hawkeyes presented an accurate picture of what life is like in their program.

That started with head coach Fran McCaffery.

“I like him. He’s building a relationship with me. He’s a good person and I can tell that he’s truthful. I feel like he wants the best for me, and I like the relationship between us,” Ogundele said.

He spent time with members of the team away from the staff. He received the same vibe.

“The players were all very truthful. They talked to me about school, and it wasn’t a forced relationship. They were talking to me because they wanted to not because they were forced to talk to me because I was on my visit. We were just chilling and getting to know each other,” he said.

Ogundele (6-10, 240) released his list of Top 5 schools on Tuesday. The Class of 2020 big man included Iowa, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. The first three programs have offered scholarships.

Cincinnati will begin hosting Ogundele on an official visit Thursday. He also would like to take officials to Rutgers and Virginia Tech. Rhode Island played host to him on an official at the end of last month.

Ogundele has witnessed his stock rise this fall. The Worcester Academy product, by way of London, picked up offers from Iowa on Sept. 26 and Cincinnati on Oct. 2. Rhode Island jumped in on June 30 after schools like Bradley, Iona, South Florida, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and quite a few other smaller programs already were onboard.

Iowa showed it could provide a stable environment.

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“I liked the community and the people I would be playing with. I like the fact everyone is all in, the players, the fans, there’s a lot of support. When I went there, there was a lot of energy from the fans. I like that,” Ogundele said.

He watched Iowa practice three times. It impressed him.

“I like the energy between everyone there. I saw that there were NBA scout there. So, that was good. I like the fact that they play through the bigs. That would help me get a lot of touches,” he said.

The coaches delivered a simple but effective message.

“They wanted me to know that they have a good program that made the tournament. They feel like I would fit in well if I was to come. They play against good teams. It’s someplace where I can get better and make the NBA if I work hard,” Ogundele said.

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Junior center Luka Garza played host to him on the visit. They connected.

“He’s a good person. He’s obviously a very good big that could make the NBA next year. He showed me around campus and talked to me about how to get better,” Ogundele said.

Ogundele hopes to make his college choice in about a month. He has three things on his wish list.

“I want to go to a school where they have a good business program, nice campus and good coaching staff,” he said.

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Rivals and 247 rank Ogundele as a three-star prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 296 overall recruit nationally in ’20 and the No. 46 center.

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