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Posted On: 06/21/18 12:17 PM
St. Augustine rising junior Chibuzo Agbo is clearly one of San Diego’s top young basketball prospects.
The 6-foot-6 wing is as versatile as they come. He can score inside and out, puts it on the deck and attacks the basket in both transition and half-court settings, he can rebound and push the break while making high level decisions in the open court.
So when Agbo started out slow in the spring with a new club team in Vegas Elite, it came as a surprise to those who didn’t know his basketball history.
Agbo hasn’t had to do much adjusting to new teammates and new teams over the last few years playing for St. Augustine, which also has its own club team, College Bound, that Agbo starred for over the last two springs and summers.
“I don’t play with many new teams, so it gave me the opportunity to play with new players,” Agbo told Prep Hoops So-Cal of his first tournaments with Vegas Elite. “At first I was struggling, but I picked it up and learned some things that I will have to do in college like adjust to a new team.”
Agbo added that the most difficult adjustment was getting a feel for how his new teammates liked to play and finding how he fit in.
“Learning how everybody else plays was the hardest part,” he said. “They’ve been playing together for so long and knew what each other likes to do and I had to learn that. Whenever I go anywhere new, I don’t know why, but my confidence is lacking. I always get my confidence back, then I start being aggressive and everything works itself out.”
Agbo was brimming with confidence after a slow start at the Pangos All-American Camp. He got back to his game and started to up his aggressiveness on the offensive end, scoring through contact and converting opportunities at the free throw line.
“If you’re not aggressive in a camp like this you won’t get the ball and you won’t score much,” he said. “I started picking it up, got to the basket and finished or got fouled.”
Agbo didn’t have his best shooting performance from the perimeter, which he noted is one of the things he’s working on the most right now.
“I have to become more consistent from 3-point range,” he said. “A lot of times I’ll be on and it’s either 90 or zero – 90 percent or zero percent.”
Agbo reported a lot of early interest in his recruitment, but only one scholarship offer which he earned from UC Irvine after a strong performance at its team camp last summer.