Indiana made the first list cut of fast rising 2024 big man Patrick Ngongba.
The 4-star, 6-foot-10 center is down to IU, Kansas State, UConn, Providence, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan, he announced.
Indiana offered Ngongba in early May following the early spring live recruiting periods.
The next step will be to get Ngongba on campus for an official visits. He said a few weeks ago IU was one of the schools he was considering for one of his five senior year visits.
Ngongba has already taken official visits to four schools — Duke, UConn, Providence, and Kansas State, so he could conceivably fit in all of his remaining schools.
According to the On3 Industry Ranking average, Ngongba is the No. 26 overall player in the 2024 class, and the No. 2 center. He’s risen from No. 94 and 10, respectively, just since IU offered him. He averaged 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 19 minutes on the Nike EYBL circuit, while shooting 70 percent from the field.
Ngongba attends Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic, one of the top high school programs in the country. As with most IU targets from the area, assistant coach Kenya Hunter is the lead recruiter for the Hoosiers. Hunter has close ties with Ngongba’s Nike EYBL Team Takeover program that just won the Peach Jam.
With in-state center Flory Bidunga trending away from IU, the Hoosiers will likely shift their focus to Ngongba and 5-star 2024 center Derik Queen in the rising senior class.
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