Otega Oweh, one of the NCAA’s Top 100 basketball goaltenders, is expected to make a decision soon. Which teams are in the mix to land him?
One of the NCAA’s top East Coast basketball prospects is Otega Oweh, a consensus four-star shooting guard in the 2022 recruiting class. 247sportsComposite ranked him 73rd overall and a rising star. The 6’4 athlete is an elite goalscorer and has shown this summer that he can also be an elite defender.
As a solid two-way prospect in the Top 100, many power talk programs on the East Coast have been after the Blairstown, New Jersey native. And throughout the summer, Oweh made several visits to teams that would have been in the mix, including Miami, Penn State, Oklahoma and Illinois. He also made an unofficial visit to Seton Hall at one point, so the assumption is that they are also in contention.
Without an official list of candidates, we can only assume that one of the programs visited by Oweh will be the eventual winner of their recruitment, with October 1 being decision day. Here’s a closer look at what each of the five potentially involved programs has to offer.
Illinois Fighter Illini
The Illini may have free places in the front zone but not in the rear zone. With a trio of four-star freshman guards already on the roster, they have commitments from four-star point guard Jayden Epps and top 50 shooters Sencire Harris. Oweh might find a rotational job, but with the core of all-young guards for Illinois, that wouldn’t be a guarantee at all.
There’s a very good chance that all three starting goalies (Isaiah Wong, Charlie Moore and Kameron McGusty) are gone after next season. And while the team includes four-star freshmen Nisine Poplar and Jakai Robinson, there isn’t as much future depth on board compared to Illinois. The only problem here is how long head coach Jim Larranaga will be there since he’s already over 70, in a program that hasn’t finished above 0.500 overall in the past three. years.
After landing several graduate transfers and the return of seniors Elijah Harkless and Umoja Gibson, the Sooners will need to land several guards in the 2022 class. Only four-star freshman CJ Noland is guaranteed to be on the roster, which gives Oweh a clear path to playtime and a big role. He would also fit well into new head coach Porter Moser’s system with his two-way strengths.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Already with a current top 10 in the 2022 class, new head coach Micah Shrewsbury has been extremely busy adding talent, including four-star center Kebba Njie. However, Oweh could be not only the highest ranked of this group, but potentially the highest rated in modern history according to 247sports. He would have a starting position and could very well be the star offensive player for this rebuilding program, but would have to go through a lot of growing pains… and losses, in the Big Ten.
The pirates of Seton Hall
The “local” option of the group, the Pirates need to lock the talent of his hometown. But they did well in the portal, landing transfer American graduate Jamir Harris and Syracuse goalkeeper Kadary Richmond. With four-star goaltender Brandon Weston also joining the team in the backcourt, the path to game time isn’t as clear for Oweh unless Richmond turns pro as early as possible.
At present, Penn State is the alleged leader of Oweh, which would be huge for the program’s rebuilding efforts. This top 100 prospect will likely pick one of those five teams and make an impact in the future. We will know his decision in a few days.