Buzz Williams is creating a buzz in recruiting circles. The Texas A&M Aggies head coach is expected to build upon the 16-14 record the Aggies put up before the season was canceled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) by reeling in new talent.
Ranked sixth in the SEC, the 2020 class is anchored by four-star small forward Jaxson Robinson, who reclassified from the 2021 class. The 2021 group is fueled by star power in the name of Allen High School combo guard Manny Obaseki. The southpaw will bring a nifty, offbeat game to College Station.
Manny Obaseki Highlights
The Dallas-area senior-to-be tactfully picks his spots. He bursts to the lane and pulls-up for a jumper or side-steps his way to the rim. His shots around the basket possess soft touch. He can spin the ball in with either hand. His three-point shot has room to improve but isn’t bad.
Buoyed by athleticism, Obaseki floats in the air to finish. He loves to run in transition and can score or find an open teammate filling the lane. His catcher’s mitt hands provide a controlled handle on the ball.
At 6-foot-2, his long wingspan bothers opponents on the defensive end. He’s patient, and skies to block bigger shooters.
Manny Obaseki Commits to Texas A&M
Obaseki is the 28th ranked player in the 2021 recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He considered Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Alabama, Arkansas, TCU, Oklahoma State, SMU, and Baylor before committing to playing college basketball at Texas A&M in March.
The four-star guard is on track for the NBA Draft. He draws comparisons to Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly for his ability to burst into creases and play hard-nosed defense. It’s possible he could grow a few more inches.
It’s a good sign for Aggie fans that Williams is able to lock up top in-state recruits. His teams don’t necessarily run on pure talent, they succeed by outworking everyone and playing a cohesive team game. Obaseki fits that mold and should hit the ground running when he arrives on campus.