McDONOUGH — On one end of the recruiting spectrum a meteoric rise for a senior at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy may help him reach the next level but he’s got a lot of different hurdles to jump over.
This time, Eagles Landing Christian Academy senior Israel (Izzy) Momodu had a different factor working against him when the 2019-20 basketball season kicked off. He wasn’t eligible in his junior year and he’s not from America either.
“Me being from England and being ineligible for more than half of last season while being on a very talented championship contending team has led to my skill set to not be shown on a broad scale,” Momodu said. “So, coaches don’t know what I can do. All they really have of me is my height and weight.”
But he’s still looking to push forward in 2020 as the months click off and graduation approaches. Momodu is working hard to show how he can make people better around him while also showcasing his abilities.
This also leads to him working on things that couldn’t be shown last season because it was either overlooked or came to his game.
With sports becoming much closer knit over the past few years with the advent of social media, many players are friends online. For a player who must wonder when the time may come for him to follow in the footsteps of other players, Momodu does admit that it hurts a bit to see others get offers or commit while he’s still without.
”It hurts a little,” Momodu said. “And it really plays on your mind seeing players of the same caliber as you are getting offers whilst you feel you deserve them. But I always pray and read the bible knowing that everything is God’s timing so when he feels it’s right for me for my recruitment to seriously takeoff it will.
”I feel I can add a hard work ethic to a program,” he continued. “I always want to get better at all aspects of the game I enjoy seeing my teammates succeed just as much as myself, I enjoy the work and will fill role that any school needs me to play for the team to win.”
The right time will come for Momodu to commit to a college be it in Gods’ timing as he mentioned or when he feels he’s showcased his abilities enough.
”The right time is when I feel I have really showcased my abilities to coaches to see how I can help their programs and where I tap out offers wise,” Momodu said. “Once I start receiving some.”