Posted On: 08/12/19 5:00 AM
PHOTO: PG Sentinel
Coming off a breakout junior season in which he averaged a double-double, Rashaude Ohiokpehai did more of the same throughout the Capitol Hoops Summer League for Surrattsville. The rising senior big man averaged over 18 points, nearly 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks per game this summer and was named to the All-Summer League Team. One thing that stood out about his statistical output was his improved shooting efficiency. Ohiokpehai’s free throw percentage improved nearly 20 percentage points (~51% to ~72%) since the high school season. His three point shooting numbers have also improved.
“I’m a big that can score in the post, but can get the ball on the perimeter and create for myself and my teammates,” Ohiokpehai said during a recent interview with Prep Hoops. “I have a high basketball IQ. I am good at Identifying the mismatch. Whether it’s for me or my teammates, I can see where we have the advantage and call the right play to run.”
At close to 6-foot-6, and 230 pounds, Ohiokpehai is certainly a forceful paint presence, but is also surprisingly skilled for his size. His versatility is a big reason why he is so effective at this level and an intriguing prospect to watch moving forward.
“Some games, I might need to lead the team by scoring. Other games, I might need to play good defense and grab rebounds. I need to do whatever it takes to get the win.”
A bevy of schools from all levels are actively recruiting Ohiokpehai at the moment. UMES, Delaware, UNC-Wilmington, Bowie State, Caldwell, Claflin, Virginia Union, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Salisbury, and Xavier of Louisiana have all reportedly shown interest. Ohiokpehai mentioned that he’s planning some visits this month.
“I want to go somewhere that will allow me to grow as person and an athlete,” he said when asked what factors are important to him when considering schools.
What can he bring to a college program?
“Versatility and a good work ethic.”
Rashaude Ohiokpehai is currently ranked by Prep Hoops as a top-65 prospect in his class. To view the full ranking of Maryland and DC’s 2020 class, click here.