Apparently, the Texas Longhorns basketball team picked up a commitment for the 2014 class this morning. Obinna Oleka, a big man from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (that's a mouthful), will be a Longhorn next year. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. The news was broken by Marcus Helton, editor-in-chief of DMVelite, a prep site covering the Washington, D.C. area.
DMV native Obinna Oleka has committed to Texas. He's currently at State College of Florida (JuCo). 6-8 2014 PF.— Marcus Helton (@MarcusHelton) November 4, 2013
Oleka is a D.C. native and played for the touted (and since maligned) AAU program, DC Assault. He finished his prep career at Florida Christian Institute. Out of high school, Oleka was rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 2-stars by ESPN. It appears Oleka did not receive any Division 1 offers out of high school, and chose to go the junior college route.
Per his junior college bios, Oleka grew a couple inches. At 6' 8", 220 lbs (according to Rivals), he should be a solid post presence in college. His freshman stats look sketchy--10.9 PPG in 11.8 MPG?--but if the rate stats are taken at face value, 10.9 PPG and 6.2 RPG on 55% shooting looks solid.
According to various sources, Oleka had interest and/or offers from schools like Gonzaga, Old Dominion, Oregon St., Southern Miss, South Carolina, and Utah St. Not a murderer's row, to be sure, but the recent offer from Gonzaga sparks intrigue.
Oleka's high school highlight reels aren't that revealing, either. He looks athletic, with the ability to run the floor and play above the rim. Also, his juco profile picture looks fairly intimidating. But the jury is out on whether he has any fundamental skills on either end of the court.
With the Longhorns recently missing out on Khadeem Lattin and still a long-shot for Myles Turner, the coaching staff can't be choosy. At the very least, Oleka will provide next year's Texas team with size, athleticism, and frontcourt depth. At this point, Texas' four-deep of Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, Jonathan Holmes and Connor Lammert are all expected back, so Oleka will have to battle for minutes. Welcome to the 40, Obinna.