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Commitment Spotlight – Keeyan Itejere

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Head coach Shaka Smart and the Texas Basketball program landed their first commitment in the 2021 class, in 6’9 power forward Keeyan Ietjere.

In 2019, Texas had the 17th ranked class nationally via 247Sports. They landed three four-star commits Will Baker (Austin Westlake) Kai Jones (New Hampshire) and Donovan Williams (Elkins.) In the 2020 class, they’ve landed just one commit thus far, but it came from five-star top prospect Greg Brown. Two months later, Itejere becomes the first to commit to Smart’s 2021 class.

Keeyan Itejere is a 6’9 190-pound power forward from Grace Christian School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He had offers from Charleston Southern, Elon, Radford, Rhode Island, and Texas before ultimately choosing the Longhorns.

Player Information

Name: Keeyan Itejere
Position: Power Forward
High School: Grace Christian School
City, State: Raleigh, North Carolina

Measurables

Height: 6’9
Weight: 190

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Three Best Traits:

Athleticism – Itejere can jump out of the gym. He’s 6’9 and has the athleticism and body to bully whoever he wants to the basket. His dunking and leaping ability are beyond impressive. He can go from the three-point line to the rim in just one long step. Itejere is athletic, long, and has the vertical to back it up.

Defense – Down low Itejere is a rim-protector who snags any rebound near him. No one at his level of play is out-jumping him for a board. Opponents will have a tough time attacking Itejere down low as he has the size and length to block any ball coming near the rim.

Potential – Itejere currently has no star rating via 247Sports. That is likely due to the fact that he’s very new to basketball and hasn’t had a real opportunity to be seen by a large portion of fans. With that being said, he’s already brimming with talent, but still has a lot of room to develop. By the time he’s at Texas, he could be a serious down-low force.

Areas for Improvement:

Experience – To go with the fact that Itejere has a ton of potential, it should also be noted that with that he doesn’t have a ton of high-level experience. Of course, this is an area that slowly fades away over time with every game he plays but it is something fans should know.

Stretch the Floor – Big men these days are becoming more and more able to stretch the floor. Most can shoot the three and some even can take the ball up the court. The idea of a straight-up big who’s just a defender and rim protector is slowly dying. Developing a three-point shot to be able to stretch the floor is something Itejere can definitely improve upon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Itejere transferred to Grace Christian from the Triangle School of Science and Math after his junior season. He’s a guy who didn’t take basketball seriously until very recently. Itejere is an under-the-radar prospect who is blooming with potential but has a long way to go before he’s fully developed.

Final Verdict

Keeyan Itejere is an interesting commit. All eyes are on him as he’s right now the lone soul committed to Texas’ 2021 class. He has loads of potential. One more year in high school will definitely serve him well to develop more as an all-around basketball player. He has the athleticism and the potential, but he just needs to harness that now. He is an exciting commit and one that Texas fans should be thrilled about.

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