One of the most valuable things about the spring AAU season is that unknown prospects start to make themselves known nationally and one of the recruits who have exploded on the scene in the last few weeks is Greg Sequele from Los Angeles Ribet Academy.
Sequele is a 6-foot-9, 225-pound center who plays with Compton Magic - which means he's on the floor with speedy point guard Jahii Carson, 2012 shooting guard Gabe York, Los Angeles Windward standout Wesley Johnson and other players for the Magic, one of the best AAU teams on the West Coast.
He's gaining valuable experience each time he steps on the court.
"Greg is raw but he's obviously one of the better athletes in the country," Compton Magic founder Etop Udo-Ema said. "He's never really even played."
Sequele is still learning the intricacies of the game - and especially how to control his seemingly unlimited athleticism - but that is a good problem to have. Many schools from across the country are getting involved with the big man who has looked good at the Fullcourt Press Easter Classic and Pangos Sweet 16 in recent weeks.
"Everybody is coming after him now," Ribet Academy coach William Middlebrooks said. "He's hearing from a lot of schools."
An early list includes Illinois, Iowa, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Utah, Washington State and UC-Santa Barbara. His schools of interest seem to change weekly though as more coaches notice him. When they're allowed to see him on the circuit in July his recruitment should take off even more.
Sequele is an incredible athlete who can run the floor and finish in the paint. He is still developing a post game but would seem to thrive in an up-and-down system where he can clean up missed shots, beat his defender down the court in transition and aggressively defend by blocking shots and using his jumping ability to alter others.
About a month ago, Sequele said he had only heard a little bit recruiting-wise from a few schools. A couple weeks later some Pac-10 and Big Ten schools are getting involved. He should continue to be one of the hottest names on the West Coast this summer.