LAS VEGAS – Oak Hill Academy (Va.) has been a point guard factory throughout its history, producing the likes of Nolan Smith, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake in recent years. The lineage goes all the way back to Rod Strickland, who spent 17 seasons in the NBA.
Ikenna Iroegbu hopes to be the next stud lead guard for the Warriors.
“I just wanted to play on the national stage, get more looks,” Iroegbu said. “They’ve produced a lot of good point guards, and I want to join the history.”
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Iroegbu, a 6-foot-1 junior from California, certainly has the talent and potential to be a factor when he arrives in Virginia, currently ranking No. 66 in CBSSports.com's Top 100. He is extremely fast with the ball, and has the quickness to beat defenders off the dribble. Iroegbu knows how to finish in the lane and can also knock down jumpers.
While he has some of the tools necessary to be a big-time player, there are some areas he needs to improve.
“I could handle the ball better, take care of the ball better,” Iroegbu said. “I need to step it up.
“I want to show everyone that I’m a good player and one of the best point guards in my class. I think I stack up well, but I could do better.”
Currently, he holds offers from Arizona, USC, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Washington State, with interest coming from Virginia Tech and most of the Pac-12. Iroegbu said Washington State and USC are coming at him the hardest.
He wants to play in a fast-paced offense where his speed and ability to push the ball in transition will be a huge asset.
“I’m also looking at how the coaching staff treats the players,” Iroegbu said.
If he stands out at Oak Hill as the next great point guard, though, one can only assume he will be a favorite amongst the coaches at whichever school he chooses.