Ikey Obiagu was the anchor of the Georgia Stars 16U Peach Jam Championship team in 2015, and in four days he will attempt to defend that crown.
The 7-foot, 235-pound big man will undoubtedly be one of the premier big men on this year's circuit. We caught up with the Greenforest Christian product, hitting on a variety of topics including his status as one of the nation's top shot-blockers.
Alec Kinsky: You guys are fresh off a regional championship. How has this season gone for you? Everything you expected?
Ike Obiagu: It’s been good. I really expected to go undefeated, but everyone faces some adversity. I think we’re 21-2 right now. Overall, everything went great.
AK: You recently had a school-record 20 blocks in a game. Does anyone defend the paint like you in your graduating class?
Obiagu: Not to sound cocky, but I think I’m the best in the country, period. And I intend to keep it that way.
AK: You fellas brought home a 16U NIKE EYBL Peach Jam title last year. How badly do you want to repeat?
Obiagu: It’s a really big goal for us. We definitely want to repeat this year.
AK: How close are you with your current teammates?
Obiagu: I’m close to all of them. We’re really cool. I was close with Wendell (Carter) from 17s last year, too.
AK: Anything that you’re specifically working on right now?
Obiagu: Just my jump hook for now, finishing with both hands, and developing good hands in traffic.
AK: What’s the biggest difference between high school and EYBL action?
Obiagu: The big difference is that in high school, we use a lot of plays. In EYBL, we just play. Then, obviously, we play six games in two days in the EYBL.
Photo credit: Georgia Basketball Blog
AK: You get motivated by playing against top competition?
Obiagu: Yeah, most definitely.
AK: If you could compare yourself to one NBA player, who would it be?
Obiagu: For right now, I’ll say Hassan Whiteside. But I’m trying to be better than him both offensively and defensively.
AK: Whiteside's instincts on defense are unreal. Does that come natural for you too?
Obiagu: Yeah it does (come natural). Helps set me apart.
AK: What are you listed at?
Obiagu: I’m 7-feet, 235 pounds.
AK: What’s your favorite subject in school?
AK: What’s the most important to you when making a final college decision?
Obiagu: Coach, playing time, academics and playing style. Those four.
AK: Who has been the biggest influence in your life thus far?
Obiagu: My parents.
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