Posted On: 08/30/19 5:00 AM
Prince Aligbe, a class of 2022 forward from Minnehaha Academy (MN), was one of the best long-term prospects in the gym at the Will Barton Elite Camp in Baltimore earlier this month. The long-armed 6-foot-7 sophomore stood out on both ends of the floor as a result of his high-level athleticism and physical play. One other thing Aligbe brought to the table were winning intangibles. He was a constant communicator on the court and involved his teammates. During a recent interview with Prep Hoops, we got a chance to see what makes Aligbe tick while touching on his recruitment among other topics.
PH: Describe your game for those who haven’t seen you play.
PA: “My game is very versatile. I’m a really good finisher and a good passer. I have a really nice form shot. I’m a catch and shoot shooter. I’d say my game is all-around.”
PH: What’s one thing you do on the court that won’t show up on the stat sheet?
PA: “I always have team energy and bring positivity. I always try to be loud, clap for my teammates, high-five them when they do well, talk to them and what-not.”
PH: Who’s standing out in your recruitment?
PA: “I have a lot of schools right now. I have 17 offers. The schools that are standing out right now are California, Purdue. Purdue hasn’t offered me yet but they want me to come to their elite camp and they’ve been coming to open gym a lot since last year. Minnesota of course. I’ve been to a couple of their practices since August. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are also standing out.
PH: Who do you model your game after?
PA: “I’d say three people. First off, Jaylen Brown. I’ve loved his game ever since he was in high school. Just the way he’s so powerful with everything he does. I also like to model my game after LeBron. Be in that leadership kind of role. Have that ability to lead a team. And I also model my game after Jayson Tatum. I like how smooth he is and I try to implement that in my game.”
PH: What are your goals?
PA: “To definitely be a good basketball player. Make it to the NBA, but to also be a good person outside of it. Go to school. Get an education. Help my community out in Minnesota.”
Prince Aligbe is currently ranked by Prep Hoops as a top-30 prospect nationally in his class. To view the full class of 2022 national rankings, click here.