Chuba Ohams is a 6-foot-7 wing forward prospect who spent his first three seasons competing for Wadleigh High in Harlem. He’s become one of the hottest hoops properties in New York City, with the Class of 2016 recruit fielding calls from the likes of UConn and Virginia. He has the potential to be a game-changer, a natural point guard in a versatile swingman’s body. There’s just one catch: He never imagined he would be a swingman even 12 months ago.
Ohams is the son of a 5-foot-10 father and 5-foot-5 mother. He entered his junior season at 6-feet tall. He’s now 6-foot-7. Neither he or any doctor has any idea how that happened.
“I’m definitely lucky,” Ohams told the New York Post’s Zach Brazziler. “Not many people are able to grow like that. I was one of those kids, and I just sprouted up. … It was crazy.”
Crazy indeed. The sudden growth spurt sent Ohams into a different stratosphere of recruiting interest, vaulting from the likes of Liberty (at a stretch) to scholarship offers from Providence, Virginia Commonwealth and DePaul amidst interest from the aforementioned UConn, Virginia, Miami and USC, among other powers.
Now, with one more prep season to show what he’s capable of, Ohams is taking his proverbial talents to Putnam Science Academy. He’ll team with UConn recruit Mamadou Diarra and another likely high major recruit, Hamadou Diallo. How he fits in with that duo may go a long way toward determining his collegiate future … though probably not as much as that growth spurt.
“My mom always said, ‘Relax, you’ll grow,’ ” Ohams told the Post. “But I never took her seriously.”