Catch my story in the Wednesday dead tree edition on Don Bosco forward Emmanuel Omogbo, a 6-foot-6 junior who has attracted some mid-major interest and a visit from Wake Forest Coach Jeff Bzdelik to a preseason workout.
Omogbo is raw, but he is energetic and, according to Coach Justin Kittrell, “wants to get better.”
Robert Morris, the only school to offer Omogbo a scholarship so far, had assistant coach Mike Byrnes at Tuesday’s 64-59 victory at Potomac School where Omogbo’s performance is sure to have generated some more interest. He scored 30 points, was active on the boards with 13 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Amazingly, Omogbo could have had even more points. Kittrell lamented several “chippies” that Omogbo missed, though the coach laughed when asked if Omogbo was a prolific dunker. On one breakaway, Omogbo appeared to mistime his leap, taking off from the foul line and awkwardly making a layup. Other times, when near the basket, Omogbo opted to bank in a layup. One follow-slam attempt resulted in Omogbo scoring, though it was hardly a rim-rattler.
The Wolfpack has had a handful of talented players over the years, but the Takoma Park school has been unable to keep them for their entire high school careers. Athletic Director Frank Simpson, who until last year also coached the school’s basketball team, said other high schools have been watching Omogbo recently.
“I don’t want to mention the other schools and get them in trouble, but there was a Montgomery County public school,” Simpson said. “I was surprised to see them. They could have been coming down to watch and enjoy some basketball, but I doubt it.”