Orlando Antigua was in Hazard, KY last Thursday to watch Emmanuel Owootoah, a five-foot-ten point guard in the 2013 class. Owootoah, a native of Canada, is playing his senior season at Cordia High School under former Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes. Rhodes believes Owootoah has what it takes to play for Kentucky.
“Without a question, he can play and excel at that level,” Rhodes told The Lexington Herald-Leader. “I was able to play with some pretty good players in high school and college, and he matches up just as good or better than some of the guys I was able to play with.”
“He’s the ultimate point guard,” Rhodes said. “He wants to pass first. But he can also shoot the basketball. He’s a very mentally tough kid. He’s born for the position, he really is.”
Owootoah isn’t ranked by any of the scouting services but interest from high-major programs is picking up. UCLA is all over him and Ben Howland is trying to get him on campus for a visit. He’s also heard from Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona.
Antigua could make a second trip to Hazard to watch Owootoah again tonight against Letcher Central.
If Kentucky is seriously interested in offering a guard from this class, it suggests the staff doesn’t believe Ryan Harrow has much of a future, if any, at Kentucky.