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October 29, 2013
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Player Profile: John Egbunu
From: Nigeria / Fort Walton Beach, FL
Ranking: Rivals ranked Egbunu the 83rd best player of 2013 and a 4*
Strengths:- John Egbunu is a physical paint presence with above-average athleticism for his size and terrific jumping ability. Even while gaining 15-20 pounds of bulk in the offseason (according to Coach Heath) he has been measured at 38" on his vertical jump, a mark most centers cannot reach. Egbunu has the agility and burst to run the floor on fast breaks and finish close to the rim. He is an efficient scorer from 10 feet and in, but he still has much work to do on offense. An ESPN top 100 recruit, Egbunu has high-flying ability and will be getting plenty of lobs from Anthony Collins this season as the Bulls look to run more of an inside-outside game as opposed to last season when there was over dribbling and excessive perimeter passing which often led to ill-advised shots.
Weaknesses: Although Egbunu is an exciting and highly-touted freshman, there is still much work to do. His offensive game needs to be developed by the coaching staff. Right now, his athleticism is good enough to get him 8-12 points per game and 7-10 rebounds per game, but his potential is sky-high.
Breakdown: Arguably Stan Heath's best recruit ever, John Egbunu can be the physical specimen in the paint that USF did not have last season. Although there is a lot of work to do on the practice court to further develop his offensive game, Egbunu is athletic enough to block shots, contest layups, and grab the tough rebounds to limit the opponent's second-chance points, something the Bulls struggled with mightily last year. Egbunu is definitely raw, but has big-time potential. It will be interesting to see how quickly he adapts to the speed and up-tempo play of college basketball, since he will most likely be the starting center from day 1.