Class of 2022 prospect Chisom Okpara is establishing himself as one of the best underclassmen in New England at Vermont Academy. Okpara has shown a wide range of offensive talent and still has so much room to grow. Okpara spoke to Prep Circuit on this upcoming season and much more.
Q: How has the transition been coming to a whole new environment in Vermont Academy?
A: “I’m very grateful that my parents sent me here. I feel challenged every time I play here and I feel like I get better. I also do something every day to help my body like yoga, basketball, weight training so every day I’m doing something. It’s really fun here and everyone here is pretty focused on their goals because there are limited distractions.”
Q: What do you see as your role on this team?
A: “A lot of kids on this team are shooters and I’m a big slasher. If I attack the rim, everyone is going to come to me. I can kick it out and get the shooters open and I also open lanes available for me.”
Q: How would you describe your development as a player?
A: “In the past couple of years, I’ve made big strides in transferring into a guard type player. I’m currently working on sharpening my ball-handling skills and mainly my three-point shot. I feel like my ball handling, slashing ability and mid-range game are pretty good.”
Q: Which players do you try and take bits and pieces from their games and implement into your own?
A: “Cam Reddish and Paul George are both pretty big guards and shoot the ball really well.
Q: Which schools have either offered or shown interest in you?
A: “Yale, Providence, Columbia, and Harvard with Yale being my first offer.”
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