RECRUIT: CHIMEZIE OFFURUM
dmvpiranha
 11/8/2017 11:31:03 AM      Replies: 61

Recruit
Height: 6-5
Weight:
Position: small forward
State: DC
Committment: medium

dmvpiranha8/13/2017 4:01:03 PM

Where would we be without wishful thinking?

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florida colonial8/13/2017 6:25:09 PM

2018 Mezie Offurum (Gtown Prep) picks up offer from George Washington.

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florida colonial8/13/2017 6:27:27 PM

Verbal Commits

Video

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dmvpiranha8/13/2017 8:15:11 PM

Thanks Florida Colonial. Was blocked from adding another post again.

the dude8/13/2017 9:00:46 PM

DMV, any idea why? that's happened to me a few times as well.  Nice to see some more DMV recruiting.

chesapeake baller8/13/2017 9:51:25 PM

Kudos to Bo Knows who called this in the Lindo thread. I believe Bo Knows might know a thing or two about Mid Atlantic Select or perhaps it's MOCO Observer. But it is definitely one or the other or both.

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dmvpiranha8/13/2017 11:22:23 PM

Not really sure. Probably some kind of bug since I can post sometimes right after I've created a new recruit thread and sometimes cannot. I try to update the destinations of former recruits from time to time for the sake of keeping record but sometimes cannot do that either. Maybe it limits the amount of forum spam posted on the site. Automated spambots (like the entire "enrot" family that posts hundreds of times every now and then) tend to target older threads on forums to spam although that's not always the case.

We are hitting the DC area very hard right now. With four open scholarships for next year I'm hoping we land a point guard, two frontcourt players, and a wing. I'm guessing Shandon Brown is going to be making a decision soon having wrapped up both official visits a few days ago. Noah Kirkwood is the only one that seems to be a long shot considering he has offers from schools like Villanova. It is a good sign that a lot of the recruits are being targeted by bigger programs as well. One player in the MoCo area that is blowing up right now is Matthew Balanc. I'm sure the coaching staff is fully aware. He has several offers from A10 programs. 

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tim48/13/2017 11:46:33 PM

Terry Nolan been tweeting about him. "Little bro"

Not sure the relationship there 

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the dude8/14/2017 12:20:58 AM

Well DMV, BM, others, the updates are much appreciated.  Also, that name looks a lot like Joey from Friends.

chesapeake baller8/14/2017 8:39:00 AM

Matt Balanc is another MAS kid. Sounds like they are the upcoming program in town. Bo? MOCO?

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chesapeake baller8/14/2017 8:42:09 AM

MAS or Mid Atlantic Select was really Terry's program last year. They were just called Baltimore United for one year due to a merger that was brought about by Under Armour but didn't last. They are back to MAS.

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bo knows8/14/2017 11:10:07 AM

To be clear, that would be MOCO Observer who is closely tied with MAS. However, I speak to MOCO regularly so I know a few things about MAS. 

Yes, Terry Nolan was a Baltimore United kid. Baltimore United was a group that was formed by Under Armour and brought together 3-4 organizations including MAS. As you might imagine, especially in AAU, there might have been too many generals and not enough soldiers involved and it just didn't work for everyone. So they all parted amicably and went back to what they had been doing previously.

MAS has been around for eight years and has produced a lot of college players. They are not as well known as say Team Takeover because they don't have the same level of high major talent but they definitely are a growing presence in the area and beyond. They usually take under the radar kids and develop them.

Mezzie as he is known would be a great pickup for GW. He is a versatile wing/four that has good size and strength. I am told he is a great kid and student. Seems like exactly the type of kid we want/need at GW. I know MOCO is looking out for GW when he can so Mezzie seems like a great fit and opportunity for GW. 

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ziik the senile old man8/14/2017 11:23:39 AM

Since Larry Brown was in knickers, there never has been a kid who was not a good kid, at least. Most have been great, of course.

baller178/14/2017 2:22:08 PM

He will visit GW this week.  He also has few other A10 school involved he will take visits too.  Be great get for GW.  Has High major talent, and if he waited to the late signing PD would probaly go to High major school.  Good skill set and size fits well in the A10.

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rich maier8/14/2017 2:22:48 PM

Bo and MOCO have a good record providing recruit info so take Bo's post seriously. Sounds like Mezzie would be a good pickup.

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bo knows8/15/2017 11:50:50 AM

Heard that Mezzie will be visiting tomorrow. Let's hope it goes very well.

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bm9/11/2017 9:12:10 AM

Like the passing skills

bo knows9/11/2017 9:35:38 AM

Committed to GW today.

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bm9/11/2017 9:53:24 AM

Great to hear.  I guess he looked like a top 50 recruit last year (UMD, IU etc offers), but something went awry.  Maybe he didn't grow as much as they expected.

Like the skillset and the writeups/interview make it clear that he's a smart kid.

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gw05099/11/2017 10:02:31 AM

Welcome to Foggy Bottom Mezzie!

bo knows9/11/2017 10:03:15 AM

I am told what went awry was that he changed AAU teams (went to DC Blue Devils) and it didn't work out for him. They played him as a 4/5 and gave him little opportunity to showcase his skills because of other kids they had around him. He is a 3/4. Then he switched teams to Mid Atlantic Select and he was put in the right spots by them and he had a great July. Of course then his recruiting was re-energized.

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greenpoint ny9/11/2017 10:06:00 AM

Welcome to the family!

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greenpoint ny9/11/2017 11:12:10 AM

Do we know his twitter handle?

the mv9/11/2017 11:23:13 AM

You've answered one of my questions Bo in that it sounds like you see him more at the 3 than at the 2.  Mezzie could be an interesting fit with DJ Williams and potentially, somewhat of an insurance policy.  If DJ really just needed a change of scenery and a coaching staff who believed in him, than Mezzie starts out as his understudy and learns.  On the other hand, if DJ isn't able to contribute at the level that we all are hoping for, than the chance exists for Mezzie to earn minutes right away.  And of course, the two may be able to play together when MoJo wants to go to a smaller, up-tempo lineup.

The real headline here is that Terry Nolan must be ecstatic, and that's a very good thing.  Welcome Mezzie.

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bo knows9/11/2017 11:27:11 AM

Yes, Terry is ecstatic. Look at his twitter account.

Mezzie is a 3 not a 2.

 

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bloud9/11/2017 11:36:57 AM

It seems 247 has 2 profiles for him.  

http://247sports.com/Player/Chimezie-Offurum-46045574

http://247sports.com/player/mezie-offurum-45572465

The first one has him listed as a 3-star

 

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the dude9/11/2017 12:55:06 PM

Interesting, does look like the stock was high and dropped some.  

gw699/11/2017 1:26:59 PM

Cant wait for 2018-2019 season and following seasons.Will be a fun team 

to watch and root for.Mojo is putting stamp on team--can he coach up 

these great athletes? Time will tell.

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the dude9/11/2017 2:03:12 PM

BM, where do you see MD and IU offers and top 50 discussion? 

Somewhat of a paucity of information on him frankly.  

danjsport9/11/2017 2:37:11 PM

Great news!  Early recruits for a year from now.  Mojo is putting his  team together.  Now we'll have to see how his team can perform!  Here's hoping!

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the mv9/11/2017 3:04:02 PM

Dude, Verbal Commits has updated their information on him to reflect the GW verbal.  Prior to this, there were a list of schools which included Maryland and Indiana showing medium interest.  I don't believe that either school firmly offered a scholarship.  Your favorite recruiters at URI were also presumably interested among many others.  (St. Joe's, Valpo, Bucknell plus others).

If you're willing to believe the narrative, and I have no reason to believe you shouldn't, then this has the look of a solid recruit.  His high school, Georgetown Prep, lost in their conference championship game last season (this is the same high school conference that Joe and Kethan played in) by 2 points after compiling a 20 win season.  His AAU team goes through a disastrous "merger" which I can only guess resulted in too many voices yelling too many conflicting statements to these players.  As indicated, Mezzie played out of position which may have been a cause for concern.  Once his prior team was restored and Mezzie played the 3, where he should have been playing all along, his performance took off.  MoJo and staff (and a big likely assist to Terry Nolan) struck when the iron started to get hot again.  Good for them, and good for us.

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bm9/11/2017 3:22:21 PM

They showed UMD, IU, VPI etc extending offers.  There's something about that in the WP profile piece too.  I'm sure they were soft offers.

the dude9/11/2017 4:00:54 PM

Thx BM, MV.  Yeah, I'd say that makes sense.  Just surprised to see there's not much more media for a DMV guy who was getting interest or offers from blue bloods/BCS at one point.

Watching his film, it doesn't surprise me that he did, he looks the part.  I'm struggling to see a reason why he wouldn't now, perhaps he's slightly undersized for a Wing? Shooting consistency?

Impressive on film.  Long, good athlete, nice left hand, runs the court.  Legit dunker.  Nice pull up J.

xac9/11/2017 4:01:39 PM

Mezzie had offers as a sophomrore (including UMD). What happened after that, I'm not sure of.

Mezzie's Offers in 2016

bo knows9/11/2017 5:09:09 PM

MOCO Observer tells me there is no deep mystery here. It's exactly what I have stated. He played out of position for the Blue Devils struggled and as a result his recruiting dropped. He switched teams was put in a better position to succeed and performed well. He had an offer from Indiana but Crean was fired. New staff can come in and rescind offers. Maryland was hanging around but not as serious an interest. MOCO tells me that had he waited until Spring to commit he might have gone higher. This is a good recruit for GW. To me, Mezzie and Terry show Mojo and staff can find guys that maybe are undervalued for one reason or another. Again, this is not an exact science. Also, come practice no one cares what you were ranked or who else recruited you. At that point, it is sink or swim for everyone.  

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bm9/11/2017 6:37:20 PM

Looks like he got bigger and better between the 2016 and 2017 videos.  Recruiting works in myterious ways.

the dude9/11/2017 6:50:18 PM

I was also thinking bigger and better looking at these.  For one thing, he doesn't look 6'5.  Granted some of the comp is pretty small, but still looks bigger than 6'5 to my eyes.  Physically, reminds a little of Pato at the same age.  Not saying same player, just physically reminiscent.

 

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adclub9/11/2017 7:45:41 PM

count me impressed. Square jumper with a good release, some handles, good passing and a leaper! Didn't see any rebounds but alas it's a highlight video. Looks to be a tremendous get! 

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bigfan9/11/2017 9:08:29 PM

Welcome Chimezie and family to our GW Colonial family.

You just made the best decision of your life.

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gw699/11/2017 9:42:59 PM

I know,I know it's just a video---but this kid might be one of the premier

recruits of the past several years.Athletic,strong,great passer-leaper-

gets to the rim.Interview suggests he is very bright and a hard worker

who takes respsibility for his continued improvement.Looking forward 

to following his career.With Shandon Brown and Mezie we are going to

enjoy GW Bball for several years to come.

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the dude9/11/2017 10:05:17 PM

Doc 69, my thoughts exactly.  

A highlight only reel can fool you on perhaps a shooter, with just the makes, or 3 feet of range against 6'2 frontcourts, but he has athletic ability and indentifiable, transferable to this level skills in the video that are quite obvious just by watching.

If you told me he was a top 50, check out this kid, I'd believe it. I wouldn't have said that about any other GW recruit film for many years, no matter the player.

 

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bm9/12/2017 1:18:44 PM

Seriously looks like someone Brey would swoop in for at the last second.

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thinker9/12/2017 5:31:18 PM

Man, he has a big solid frame for a HS junior! It's exciting to imagine how big and strong he will grow over the next several years.

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thomas9/13/2017 9:33:46 AM

BM,  if Chimezie doesn't sign his LOI during the early period (is that in October or November??), your last post may need to be revisited!! Sorry to bring this back up again guys, but BM's post got me thinking about some kid from Riverdale Baptist!! But the fact that Chemezie has already seen how fickle/2-faced BCS coaches can be, I don't think he's gonna be swayed by BCS coaches lying to him AGAIN, and will sign with GW at the earliest he can.

The best thing about this verbal is, Chimezie is a high-profile local player who we can see how he does up close by going to his games and seeing all the local coverage that he and Georgetown Prep will get this year. Georgetown Prep should be very good this year. Remember all the excitement there was for Savage and McDonald because of how great they were locally as seniors. I'm expecting a similar performance from Chimezie.  

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bo knows9/13/2017 9:59:11 AM

Mezzie is signing ... MOCO says unless something crazy happens (more crazy than ND offering) not a chance that happens. High character kid who knows what he wants.

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fake news9/13/2017 12:44:27 PM

you guys don't really believe we signed a kid named "Offer 'em" do you? 

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bm9/13/2017 3:29:32 PM

Thomas,

I was thinking more like Colson and Geben, where GW was leading for a while until Brey came in.  I guess ODU could say the same thing about us in this case.

gwalum20019/13/2017 3:36:38 PM

Love this verbal (actually both 2018s).  I agree with some of the comps to Pato.  From the highlights, Mezzie seems to have a more polished offensive game then Pato at the same stage.  Will be interesting to see his transition to the A10.  Pato was a complimentary player at Monteverde (Kasey Hill, others?), but played against and guarded some of the best high school players in the country consistently so was defensively pretty ready from the jump at GW.  Either way, Mojo is winning of the court this offseason (to quote Bruce Allen) in recruiting and the alumni game...

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the dude9/14/2017 12:23:08 AM

Mezie on the way.  The ML scandal of 2016 put to bed.  Sounds like a good few days to me.

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the dude9/14/2017 12:46:00 AM

Disregard the 2 star ranking - every major program missed on this kid. From what I see, he should be a 4 star. As my buddy GWALUM2001 say's, he will be much better than Pato (and I predict he will be better than TC). Can't wait for next year, we should be early favorites to win the A-10. (we don't need no stinkin Smith, Roland, etc)

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the dude9/14/2017 1:18:49 AM

Disregard people posting using other people's poster names.

Yeah I like this recruit, you got something to say about it, pick a poster name and say it.

gwalum20019/14/2017 7:09:36 AM

Reading is fundamental, The Dude imposter. "More polished offensive game at the same stage" does not equal "better then Pato".  

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bm11/8/2017 11:31:03 AM

Congratulations to 2018 Wing Mezie Offurum on signing his National Letter of Intent to join the George Washington University Men's Basketball Team! Thank you to , and the entire staff!

 
 

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