Last weekend, 6-10, 225-pound center Frank Ben-Eze made an official visit to Virginia Tech. The Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, VA) senior will make an official visit to another program this weekend and could be ready to make a decision in the near future.
Three schools are currently on top according to Bishop O’Connell head coach Joe Wootten.
“I’m still not sure of the order, but Virginia Tech, Marquette and Harvard have been his focus,” Wootten said. “Virginia and Notre Dame are back there, but I think those other three have always kind of been the first set. That is kind of the point he is at. All three head coaches have really gotten involved. All have done a great job of getting on the phone with him. Those guys really focused on him and I think he is responding.”
Ben-Eze, who was hosted by Tech junior forward/center Cheick Diakite, particularly enjoyed the academic focus of his time in Blacksburg.
“He said he really liked Virginia Tech,” Wootten said. “He told me yesterday that they really have come to the forefront after the visit. He loved the Engineering school. There was a competition going on there at one of the buildings and he liked that. He wants to major in Civil Engineering. His host was Cheick Diakite. He got along with all the kids, but he really spent a lot of time with Cheick. He also really likes the staff, too.”
A decision from the senior standout come could as early as next week.
“I think it is getting pretty close,” Wootten said of a decision from Ben-Eze. “I would not be surprised if it comes late next week, although that would be the earliest it would happen. At this point, he wants to make an official visit to Harvard this weekend. I think the only way he would visit anywhere else is if he says he couldn’t make a decision from these three.
“If I were a betting man, I’d say he wouldn’t make anymore visits after this weekend. But we’ll see.”
A native of Nigeria, Ben-Eze has only played basketball since the age of 15. His junior year was his first in the United States and he has improved on the basketball court since his arrival.