Davis Nwankwo never imagined his recruitment would last as long as it has. The 6-foot-9, 236-pound power forward from Georgetown Prep in College Park, MD., was ready to sign with the Arizona Wildcats, but his parents thought it would be best to wait until the late signing period. Nwankwo is still planning to attend Arizona, but Stanford and Miami have gained a lot of ground in a short period of time.
“I plan on signing my Letter of Intent during the late singing period,” Nwankwo said. “Arizona, Stanford and Miami are the three schools I am looking at right now. Many people don’t know this, but Miami is a school that I have always liked. The weather in Miami is great, the players are great and the coaching staff is great.
“When it comes to Stanford, they really have the total package,” he added. “Stanford has great academics and great athletes. It would really be a great situation for me.”
Nwankwo was all but ready to play for Lute Olson and the Arizona Wildcats, but his parents thought Stanford was the best place for their son, and still do. Coach Olson spent a lot of time talking to the family about the Arizona program, but that didn’t change their feelings about Stanford.
“I still see myself playing at Arizona,” he said. “I’m just going to take my time and see what happens in the spring. A verbal commitment means nothing because you can back out of that commitment, so I won’t make any type of commitment until I am sure about one of these schools. I hope to have a decision by January or maybe even a little earlier.
“I will have a better idea about my recruitment soon, but I still plan on attending Arizona,” he added.
Rivals.com ranks Nwankwo No. 78 on the Rivals150 list and the 21st best power forward in the class of 2004.