The recruitment was slow to develop for Oak Park senior Ochai Agbaji, but it sure has heated up over the last week and a half.
Agbaji received an offer from Kansas on Saturday, he announced via Twitter, marking his seventh offer from a Power 5 conference school in the last nine days. He had zero Power 5 offers before Texas A&M presented one on Jan. 26.
In an interview with The Star earlier this week, Agbaji said of KU’s interest, “Obviously KU is KU. I’ve been thinking a lot about it. But we’re going to wait it out as far as we can. That’s what I’m thinking right now.”
Agbaji, a 6-5 wing, is averaging 27.2 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior. He plans to wait until after the season to commit to a school, he told The Star.
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On Saturday, Agbaji visited Allen Fieldhouse for the Jayhawks’ game against Oklahoma State and sat behind the bench. A day earlier, KU coach Bill Self watched Agbaji and Oak Park play at Ruskin. Agbaji scored 29 points, his 11th time topping the 20-point mark in 18 games.
Oak Park spots him all over the floor. Agbaji is a capable shooter who has a knack for driving to the basket. He also plays in the post.
“We think he’s the best player in Kansas City. If people ask me, that’s what I tell them,” Oak Park coach Brennan Scanlon said. “He can do everything.”
Agbaji has flown under the radar for most of his senior season, but he has picked up recent offers from Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Oregon, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oregon State, in addition to Saturday’s offer from KU.
“I’m really looking for a school with a good coach, good program, winning program,” Agbaji said. “A coach that can make me a better player and a school that can make me a student at the same time. I just look for that in schools.”