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INTERVIEW: 1-on-1 with Georgia Stars big man Ikey Obiagu

By Alec Kinsky, D1 Circuit, 04/12/16, 9:45PM EDT

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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?

Obiagu: Pre-calculus.

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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