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About Daniel Oturu
Daniel Oturu is a strong big man with good length who emerged as a double-double threat as a freshman but flashed a budding skill level away from the rim as a sophomore at Minnesota. Widely regarded as a top-50 prospect in the high school class of 2018 following his senior year at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Oturu made an instant impact for Head Coach Richard Pitino’s Golden Gophers averaging 10.8 points and 7 rebounds per game as a freshman despite being limited by foul constant trouble.
Taking a huge leap in terms of offensive ability as a sophomore, Oturu averaged 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game to emerged as one of the most productive big men in the country across a grueling conference slate to earn All-Big Ten 2nd Team honors.
- Standing 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan and a 240-pound frame, Oturu has solid dimensions for a big man. More mobile than quick, he is nonetheless a solid all-around athlete for his size.
- Asserting himself in a variety of ways last season, Oturu broke out as a three-level scorer from the center position. He was still most productive using his strength and length in back to the basket situations and staying active inside off the ball, but flashed rapidly developing touch as a shot maker facing the rim all the way out to the three-point line.
- A good rebounder with the length to contest some shots around the rim, Oturu is still evolving on the defensive end as he held his own far more consistently some games than others as a sophomore. Even so, he showed some growth as a shot blocker and did a far better job avoiding fouls than he did as a freshman.
- Possessing the length, mobility, and timing to offer some rim protection and be a factor on the glass, Oturu had some impactful stretches on the defensive end as a sophomore. He allowed only 0.71 points per post up possession [71st percentile] and did a better job staying out of foul trouble than he did a freshman. He still bites on some fakes but holds his ground far more consistently than he used to.
- More active and engaged some games than others, Oturu is still learning how to use his tools consistently when guarding away from the rim.
- Ranked 26th in the nation in scoring (20.1 ppg), eighth in rebounding (11.3 rpg), tied for 21st in blocks (2.45 bpg) and 31st in field goal percentage (56.3) as a sophomore in 2019-20.
- 2019-20 AP All-America Honorable Mention selection.
- Named to the 2019-20 All-Big Ten Second Team and Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
- Competed for the World Team at the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit.
- Led the Big Ten in rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage and finished second in scoring.
- Tied for seventh in Division I in double-doubles (18).
- Selected to the NABC and USBWA All-District teams.
- Scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against No. 22 Penn State (Feb. 8).
- Posted 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field in a win over No. 19 Michigan (Jan. 12).
- Recorded 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against Florida International.
- Powerful athlete with exceptional length.
- Will rebound and protect the rim.
- Has showed improvement as a shooter and finisher.
- Does not shy away from contact.
- Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His parents emigrated from Nigeria to the U.S. in 1990.
- Mother, Deborah, stands 6-1. Father, Francis, is 5-6.
- Francis played for Nigeria’s national table tennis team.
“He is the most improved player in the country [in 2019-20]. … He reminds me a lot of Kevin Garnett with his package – his athleticism, his skill set.”
- Illinois coach Brad Underwood