Breakout star Junior Etou, a 6’8 forward for the Knights of Bishop O’Connell High School, is reportedly close to signing with the University of Miami. According to the Miami Herald, The Democratic Republic of Congo native is also considering Kansas, Arizona, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier, Temple and Clemson.
On paper, Etou is only a three star recruit, but he’s taken off since becoming an upperclassman. He’s a 6’8 225 forward who can reportedly shoot well and block shots.
Just recently, deadspin.com reported that he was actually two years older than his original birth certificate said he was. So there’s baggage following him.
Regardless, a guard-heavy team like Xavier would benefit from the addition of another big body to replace the prolific Travis Taylor. With Philmore and Stainbrook slated to clog the paint, Etou would add depth to an area it’s recently lacked.