It’s been a long road for 6’9” Henry Odunze, but without question a road that he worked hard to walk down. When Odunze first came to Cape Fear Christian, in January of 2014, he was raw (to say the least). Always blessed with long arms, the Nigerian native just didn’t have a lot of basketball under his belt.

What did Odunze do, he got into the gym hard and lived and breathed basketball. Fast forward to Tuesday and Odunze committed to play Division 1 basketball. It is a testament to the young man’s work ethic and drive.

Odunze has always been blessed with an extremely athletic body and a very lengthy frame. Even in his first days at Cape Fear Christian he was able to block shots in mass quantity. Odunze plays with a brand of high energy and effort that allows him to grab boards and block shots.

See how Odunze has progressed through the years:

Fall 2014 NC Phenom 150
When we first watched Henry this past summer, he had been in the U.S. less than a year. We wrote, “Henry is quickly adapting his offensive skill sets since he was mostly known for his defensive presence.” There is no question, Henry has the size and athleticism that will translate at the next level. He has always given effort and passion and his willingness to learn is second to none. Henry has he desire and determination to make it the collegiate level. He is a “buy now” stock.

2015 NC Top 80
Henry is far from the finished product and that is yet to be determined. That being said, we really like the direction of his development. He has improved immensely under the leadership of Coach Dwight Miller. You have to like the energy, effort and passion displayed by Henry and more importantly it is consistent in every venue and setting. Henry has length, size, and a tremendous upside. With his continued improvement, Henry’s best days lies ahead.

After taking no commitments in 2015, Odunze is Howard’s third commitment in 2016. He joins Virginia shooting guard CJ Williamson and California point guard Kai Tease.

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