Now that September is here, we can look forward to new prospects invading prep school campuses throughout New England over the next few weeks. That means open gyms packed with college coaches and players from across the globe looking to earn offers against the best prep competition in America!
It's a great time to get familiar with some of New England's Best New Prospects for the '19-'20 season. Over next few weeks, The Hustle will feature one of the region's talented newcomers every day.......
Femi Odukale, 6’5” PG/Wing, Commonwealth
The first time I saw Femi Odukale, he was powering his way to the rim and battling alongside his brother-in-arms, Kadary Richmond, while leading Team New England to the 17U Championship at the The Hoop Group’s 2018 Providence Jam Fest.
Take a look at that team photo from 15 months ago…It’s easiest just to smile and sum it all up with one massive -yet comical- understatement: A lot has changed since then!
Most of his teammates from last summer have already witnessed a dramatic rise in their recruitment. Some are now holding over a dozen solid D1 offers and others have already arrived on the campus that they’ll call home for the next four years.
Meanwhile, despite his ever-improving skillset and unselfish blue-collar mentality, Odukale is still fighting to earn that type of respect -and those type of scholarship offers- every time he takes the floor. But the versatile 6’5” pitbull wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Hustle caught up with Odukale as he prepares for his post-grad season at Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy, where he plans to go from one of the Northeast’s most underrated prospects to New England’s latest college-ready stock-riser…..
Femi, for anyone who hasn’t seen you, describe your game in a couple words.
FO: “Very gritty.”
What are your goals for the ’19-’20 prep season at Commonwealth?
FO: “Personally, I just want to improve on-&-off the court every single day. But more importantly, I want to lead my team to the National Prep Championship. And win it!”
What are some of the strengths in your skillset?
FO: “The best part of my game is my motor. I’m never gonna quit and I’m never gonna let my team quit. No matter what I do, I always want to win.”
What are a few parts of your game that you’ll be looking to improve during your PG season?
FO: “I’m gonna take my motor and apply it to improving my jumper. I want to become a more consistent shooter, from the mid-range to beyond the arch. I understand how important that is at the college level and I want to be prepared to make an impact.”
What are you looking forward to most now that you’re just days away from heading to New England?
FO: “First, I just look forward to getting together with my teammates, with my new coach (Nick Colouris enters his 1st season at SCA) and becoming a leader. Then, shock everyone by having a great season. I know there are some opposing coaches who already doubt me and some opposing players who don’t really know me. Once the season starts, that’s gonna change.”
And I wouldn’t doubt that for a second bro.
Odukale currently holds offers from St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Manhatan, Long Island and Stony Brook. He'll team with Enoch Cheeks to give Colouris one of the more potent perimeter combos in New England this season.