Oladokun, a 16-year-old from Upland, Calif., was invited to the Pangos All-America Camp in Las Vegas, which included lots of the high 100 prospects within the nation. The camp was not held throughout an in-person analysis interval so it drew solely NBA evaluators — together with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s normal supervisor, Sam Presti, and the Denver Nuggets’ president of basketball operations, Calvin Sales space — and recruiting analysts.
At 6-9, 210 kilos, Oladokun performs like an overgrown pet — extra enthusiasm than grace — however he made his mark by relentlessly banging for rebounds with a few of the finest prospects within the nation.
“I used to be so nervous,” stated Oladokun, who has a 4.5 grade level common and has, for the reason that camp, obtained scholarship presents from the College of California, San Diego, and UC Davis, in addition to a suggestion for a roster spot from Yale, which doesn’t award athletic scholarships however can present different monetary support.
“An enormous a part of basketball is confidence; it does not matter when you have the ability,” he continued. “The camp helped me show what I might do regardless that I did not play to my ceiling. I understand they’re nice gamers, however they’re similar to me in loads of methods.”
These revelations have been occurring from coast to coast.
In a principally empty fitness center final Friday evening, Efstathiou discovered himself matched up in opposition to Alassane Amadou, a spindly, athletic 6-9 wing from Quakertown, Pa., who was being watched intently from the baseline by Marquette Coach Shaka Sensible and an assistant coach, Cody Hatt. (They took turns applauding when Amadou made a play in entrance of them.)
Efstathiou’s workforce, which misplaced two starters to damage in its opening recreation, was rapidly down by 22 factors when Amadou got here flying down the lane for a dunk that Efstathiou was helpless to forestall.