It is not often that Rivals.com writes about a freshman prospect, but Romero Osby from Northeast Lauderdale High School in Meridian, Miss., is a special prospect in the class of 2008, special enough that he ended last season starting on the varsity as an eighth grader. This year the 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward is leading his 23-4 team in scoring, and a couple schools have already watched him play.
Both Southern Mississippi and Alabama have evaluated Osby in person, and Alabama saw quite a performance. Against Morton High School, Osby recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks as Assistant Coach Phillip Pearson from Alabama watched.
Plenty of other schools have shown interest in Osby as well.
"We've heard from Wake Forest, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma along with Alabama and Southern Mississippi," said Osby's father Daryl Osby, who is an assistant coach at a high school in the neighboring county. "Romero does not have a particular school that he likes, but he did tell me that he likes the ACC. Of course, over the years it could probably change."
After running with the Jackson Tigers last year, Osby is scheduled to play with the Alabama Challenge 16-under squad this summer. Coaches will then have ample opportunity to watch him in action.
"Romero is a good ball handler and shot blocker," said Coach Osby. "He can handle with either hand and sees the floor well. He can shoot it out to the three, but he needs to get a little stronger to extend his range and be more consistent.
"Romero has a very good skill foundation right now. He just needs to keep improving and get stronger."
So far this season, Osby is averaging 15.5 points, 9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.