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Maurice Aniefiok, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound combo guard originally from Nigeria, has begun a series of visits and hopes to decide on April 25.
Aniefiok leaves today for an official visit to James Madison that runs through Saturday. After that he will take officials to Ole Miss (April 14) and Duquesne (April 21).
Indiana has also offered and Rutgers just did as well.
“I just finished talking to the [assistant] coach of Indiana [Tim Buckley],” Aniefiok, a senior at Huntington (WV) Prep, said Thursday by phone.
“From what I see talking to the coach right now, he’s more than interested,” Aniefiok added. “He just watched us practice. He just was overwhelmed with the way I played. He was so overwhelmed with the way I played, he wants me to come visit. He’ll keep in touch. He said he’ll get back to me.”
Earlier in the day, Joe Boncore, Aniefiok’s mentor, said Rutgers associate head coach David Cox called Boncore.
“They offered him and I told him it’s late but he’s got one visit left [after the scheduled ones],” Boncore said. “He was going to Indiana but they got five kids in [in the Class of 2012] so he’s got one visit.”
Later, Aniefiok added of Rutgers: “He [Cox] said they want me to come visit so I told him to get with Coach Rob [Fulford] and fix something.”
Still, Ole Miss may be the favorite to land Aniefiok.
“I think Ole Miss has really been recruitng me a lot, higher than every other school,” Aniefiok said.
When asked which coaching was the lead recruiter, Aniefiok said, “[Andy] Kennedy himself.”
Aniefiok considers himself more of a combo guard and a scorer than a point guard.
“I’m combo player,” he said. “I can score, I can rebound, I can hustle, I can pass the ball, just everything from mid-range shots to 3-pointers. Tip it in, just dunk.
“A LeBron James, Dwyane Wade kind of game.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.