March 20, 2017
Julius Kim - Elevate Hoops National Recruiting Analyst
Twitter - @JKimElevate
Malik Ondigo, a 6-foot-10 big man out of Putnam Science Academy (CT) recently trimmed his list to five schools, he told Elevate Hoops.
He recently cut his list to a top five of Texas Tech, Purdue, Colorado, Boston College, and Nevada.
He broke down all of his schools:
Texas Tech: “They were one of the first schools to offer me back in July and they’ve been strongly interested in me throughout the whole recruiting process. It was (Chris) Beard’s first year coming from a mid-major school and he came in and did pretty well. They beat Baylor, West Virginia, had a one point loss to Kansas and they’re just overall tough. His pitch, to me, has been a lot of early playing time and developing me to get me ready for the highest level. Losing three front court players has a huge part of it too.”
Purdue: “Big man U… that’s what I think of Purdue as of late with Caleb Swanigan, Isaac Haas, A.J. Hammons, JuJuan Johnson. They produce NBA talent bigs and they’re winners; they have a track record of winning with them just winning the Big Ten, they’re a top 15 team and Matt Painter is a good coach… I like what they’re doing out there.”
Colorado: “I like Colorado… nothing too crazy in particular. The Pac-12 has always been interesting to me. Tad (Boyle) is a really good coach and he’s bringing in a new recruiting class this year and they need players who can score in the frontcourt. He’s telling me that I’ll come in and give him some early minutes as a freshman and he told be about Boulder which is a beautiful city in Colorado.”
Boston College: “I saw them play against Notre Dame when I took the unofficial there and I can honestly see what they’re saying when they’re a player or two away from being a competitive team in the ACC. They have a good backcourt with (Kyran) Bowman, (Jerome) Robinson and with one averaging 14PPG and the other 18PPG; they’re tough. They have a really young team with a lot of them being freshmen and sophomores but they’re going to come and build together. Overall, they’ve shown a lot of interest and they have a good situation with them having great academics and I like it out there.”
Nevada: “Coach Muss (Eric Musselman) is a phenomenal coach, former NBA coach. I think Nevada, being a great mid-major program, does a lot for their players. One, personally, I can think of is Cam Oliver when I played against him two years ago in AAU. The fact that I see him grow to be a potential first round draft pick, as some scouts are saying, to what he was before; that blows me away. Now I honestly see what they are talking about when it comes to player development and how they are going to develop me. With Muss being a former NBA coach, he knows what it takes to get there. They also have a NBA D-League team right there so NBA scouts are in and out so they have a lot going on there and plus they just won their conference.”
With Ondigo having only taken one unofficial visit to Boston College back in February, he plans to take more visits when the weather clears up in the northeastern area.
“We are working on the visits right now. With Boston College having a snowstorm and Purdue and Nevada playing in the tournament, we are trying to figure things out. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I can have all of my visits set.”
Ondigo also spoke about his decision timeline.
“Hopefully I can get it done before the signing period but it’s going to be tough. If I can’t do it then, I want to get it done in April because I don’t want to carry this process on into May.”