The past few weeks have been extremely busy for the Texas basketball
program. Rick Barnes and his staff have hosted a few visitors recently
and one prospect they’ve been after is former Louisiana Tech forward
Olu Ashaolu. After visiting Texas, Oregon and San Diego State
recently, Ashaolu says that he’s about ready to make a decision.
“Over the past week or so I checked out my top schools and visited them,” Ashaolu told Inside Texas. “Basically I’ve been trying to figure out which location is the best for me. I’ve just been doing my research and trying to get a good feel for each school.”The Louisiana Tech transfer says that his visit to Austin ended up being quite impressive.“Austin and Texas are pretty amazing,” said Ashaolu. “It seems like everyone down there just gravitates toward the burnt orange. It’s real cool.”He says that he’s also impressed with the job Texas does on the court and how the Longhorns are basically a NBA factory.“Coach Barnes is just an excellent coach,” Ashaolu said. “He and his track record speak for themselves. Each year they are a contender to win the Big 12 and you know that they’ll make it to the tournament yearly as well. On top of that, he does an excellent job of getting guys to the NBA, which is the next step for me. I mean he just prepared two of my former AAU teammates (Cory Joseph & Tristan Thompson) for the NBA and they’ll both be drafted. I really like that.”Ashaolu and his brother, John, said that the players are recruiting Olu as well, especially standout player and recruiter Myck Kabongo.“Myck is funny,” John Ashaolu told Inside Texas. “He’s going to be a great assistant coach one day when he wants to be. He’s been recruiting the hell out of Olu.”Now that he’s taken all his visits, Olu says he is going to sit down and think about what each school has to offer. He likes different things about each one.“Every school has their own pitch,” said Ashaolu. “Every school each has something to offer. Oregon has a new state of the art arena. They have a great recruiting class coming in and I could see myself being a part of that. San Diego State had a magical run last season and I really like how they run their offense. I’ve actually taken an official visit to Xavier before, so I know what they had to offer. And then of course Texas has all the stuff I told you. It will be a tough decision, but one that has to be made.”As for a timetable, Ashaolu thinks it will come very soon.“I really think I’ll announce in the next week or so,” Ashaolu said. “A definite answer would be by the end of the month. I’ll know where I’m going for sure by then.”Whoever ends up getting him will land a great player. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder averaged 14.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 30.9 minutes per game this past season with the Bulldogs. On top of that he earned many awards in the WAC.“I’m just a competitor,” Ashaolu told Inside Texas. “My competitive nature really stands out. I work hard and play hard on the court. I’d say that no one plays and works harder than I do.”