HELENA — Carroll College men’s basketball coach Kurt Paulson announced another member to his 2019 recruiting class by adding 6-foot-7 forward Ifeanyi Okeke.
Okeke played last season with Damien High in La Verne, California, where he helped the Spartans to 25 wins and a trip to the CIF Division I quarterfinals before losing to Santa Margarita.
“He’s an athlete and we are very excited,” Paulson said. “He’s just a very hard working kid.”
Paulson said he was looking for some size with senior forwards Match Burnham and Matt Wyman graduating this spring. He and describes Okeke as just an athletic forward.
“He is just a guy that can be up around that rim, play defense and effect the game that way,” Paulson said. “He will be able to defend in the (Frontier Conference) with his length and quickness.”
During Okeke’s senior season he averaged 8.3 points, seven rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
“He has played in very high quality programs and will come in with a great knowledge of what it takes to win,” Paulson said. “He has a great feel for the game and has great scoring and passing ability. He can also shoot well from the outside.”
Paulson said the addition of Okeke rounds out his recruiting class with six players that includes Choteau’s Sayer Patton, Post Falls, Idaho’s Jonny Hillman, Castle Rock, Colorado’s Brendan Temple and two more players from California, including Gaven Ramirez and Dennis Flowers III.
“I'm exhausted, but very happy with the result we brought in,” Paulson said. “We have a lot of different types of players and they all have the same fibers. They a real academics first (group) and on the basketball court they can all shoot.”
Carroll finished last season with 29 wins and made it to the program’s first NAIA National Championship game in Kansas City, Missouri.