Iowa basketball was in real need of some good news after a very bad, no good Monday -- and on Wednesday morning they got some. Class of 2020 prospect Josh Ogundele verbally committed to Iowa earlier today:
C O M M I T T E D pic.twitter.com/p3ZP7V8g2L— Josh Ogundele (@damijosh2047) November 13, 2019
Ogundele, a 6'11", 255 lb center prospect, is rated a 3* prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports. He chose Iowa over offers from Cincinnati, Rutgers, and Rhode Island. Ogundele shares something in common with another recent Iowa big man: like Gabe Olaseni, he's originally from England. He moved to the United States two years ago to attend school at the Worcester Academy while playing on Nike's EYBL circuit. 247 Sports provides some stats from his games in the EYBL and Peach Invitational:
Playing for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club on the EYBL Circuit, Ogundele averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in 13 games while playing 24.2 minutes per contest. In the five games at the Peach Invitational, Ogundele increased his scoring averaged up to 13.4 points and 13.8 rebounds per contest while shooting an efficient 61 percent from the field.
Ogundele becomes the fifth member of Iowa's 2020 basketball recruiting class and provides some much-needed size to that class. Iowa is set to lose Ryan Kriener, Luka Garza, and Cordell Pemsl over the next two seasons, so landing another big man to develop behind them was a significant need. Ogundele may play limited minutes next season behind Garza, Pemsl, and Jack Nunge, with the potential for him to play big minutes starting in 2021-22.
There aren't many highlights of Ogundele that I could find, though 247 has a few clips of him in action. He projects as a more traditional low post player for the most part and is strong around the rim, though he also has some ability to stretch the court and hit outside shots as well. You always need big bodies who can bang down low in the Big Ten, though, and Ogundele seems like he'll be able to help on that front.
Welcome to Iowa, Josh.