Goodluck Okonoboh (Boston/Wilbraham & Monson) verbally committed to the UNLV Rebels on Oct. 3. He made his announcement during ESPNU's broadcast of the Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe football game.
The 6-10 center chose the Rebels over Duke, Florida, Indiana and Ohio State. UNLV started late in its recruitment but made the talented center a priority after the summer circuit. He took official visits to UNLV and Ohio State within the past week.
"Me and coach [Dave] Rice established a real good relationship," Okonoboh said. "They play really fast, and that style of play fits me. I can go right in and do what I do defensively but also have some freedom offensively."
Okonoboh, who has seen his stock skyrocket after reclassifying 15 months ago, is widely considered one of the top shot-blockers in the country. He is ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the class of 2014 by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Okonoboh has a high motor, very physical, and extremely athletic. He is an excellent defender and rebounder but is raw offensively. He has some solid low post moves but is not much of a scorer.
Okonoboh does need to improve his face-up game and passing.
Okonoboh is the second player in the class of 2014 to commit to the Rebels, joining Dwayne Morgan (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy). Okonoboh and Morgan, ESPN's No. 34 prospect, are expected to add athleticism and some sizzle to the Rebels front court next year.
UNLV will only lose one front court player next season. Red shirt junior Khem Birch, Red shirt freshman Demetrius Morant, red shirt junior Roscoe Smith and true freshman Christian Wood are eligible to return next season.