Mfon Udofia ended his season in the Final Four in Georgia's loaded tournament field. And by all accounts, the point guard from Miller Grove (Ga.) High School is happy with the big picture of his junior season.
The four-star guard helped his team to a school record 26 wins and averaged 24 points a game along the way. All things considered, the year was a success, Udofia says.
"I'm real happy with how far we went into the tournament and how we competed. Those big games and those big tournaments we played in helped us get that far," Udofia said. "I think I played pretty good. I stepped up to the challenge and was more of a vocal leader on the court. I saw myself more of a leader this year than ever before."
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Part of his leadership was his ability to seal victories in the fourth quarter this season. Udofia's uncanny ability to take over down the stretch was a major helpmate for Miller Grove.
"This year we were in so many tight games. Every game was going down the stretch. We were able to pull them out pretty strong. We played so many one-point games, overtime games, a game by two or three points. Every thing we had was a nail-baiter," Udofia said.
"I feel like every good player wants the ball in his hands. It's just something inside of me. When the game is getting tight and getting close, I want to make plays getting to the rack, getting to the free throw line, making my teammates better, whatever it takes."
Udofia is one of the top point guards on the 2009 recruiting board. He was a point of attention for a number of schools this season and there seemed to be a college coach at nearly every one of his games. But the 6-foot-2 guard said he never really noticed.
"To tell you the truth, I was so focused on winning a state championship this year that I really wasn't paying too much attention to who was recruiting me," Udofia said. "I was interested but I was so locked in to winning a championship. I haven't really had a chance to break it all down yet."
Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Texas, Providence, Tennessee, Xavier, Cincinnati, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia, Udofia says, are on his short list heading into the spring.
Udofia said Georgia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Xavier, Tennessee, Texas, Auburn and Providence showed the most face time this season with him. He has unofficially visited Georgia Tech, Georgia and Auburn this season.
"I want to see what teams are going to stay strong and still recruitment during the spring and summer time," Udofia said. "I'm still open to everyone though."