Last week, O’Connell celebrated the commitment of junior Melo Trimble to Maryland, but the sharpshooting guard isn’t the only Division I prospect suiting up for the Knights this season.

Junior Etou, a senior who transferred at the end of last school year from Arlington Country Day in Florida, has emerged as a force in the paint for the No. 8 Knights, averaging 18.1 points and 13.3 rebounds during the team’s 8-0 start.

Etou’s fast success, along with his impressive showing at the NBA Top 100 camp this past summer, have led to offers from the likes of Clemson, Miami, Temple, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Rutgers, Southern Cal and Xavier. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward plans to make his decision after the season.

“My top four right now would probably be Clemson, Temple, Cincinnati and Xavier,” Etou said following his 20-pont, 14-rebound performance in the Knights’ 83-75 win against St. John’s Tuesday.

A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Etou’s upside is boosted by the fact that he is cousins with Oklahoma City star forward Serge Ibaka. The two text and talk on the phone often, with Ibaka offering tips to his evolving cousin.

“We haven’t worked out together, but he helps me out and encourages me when we talk,” Etou said.

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