One of the best kept secrets in the Midwest, Hopkins (Minn.) 2019 forward Zeke Nnaji wasn’t a known commodity on the AAU circuit. Playing up at the 17U level in the Nike EYBL, Nnaji took minutes as they came, unable to thoroughly showcase his talents.  However, he was still able to earn his first high major scholarship offer.

After attending Wisconsin’s team camp in June, the Badgers pulled the trigger on Nnaji following an unofficial visit last weekend.  "It was great," Nnaji told NY2LA Sports. "I wasn't really expecting it. I was happy I got it. They were a great staff and they were so welcoming.  "They said they liked my height, length. I'm a positionless player that can handle the ball and shoot it. I can post up, but also stretch the floor."

Nnaji is picking up interest from Butler, Stanford, Minnesota, Rutgers, Purdue, Northern Iowa, Nebraska, and others.  The 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward will be a popular target this fall/winter as schools are eager to check out the high-upside prospect in person.  “Some coaches are texting me a little bit more recently -- Butler, Nebraska, UNI, and Minnesota. They’re trying to come down for open gyms and a couple games during the season.”

Nnaji grew up a fan of the Gophers.  "That would be pretty great," he said of a potential offer. "That's my hometown school. That would be great to get one where I'm from."

Nnaji has no timetable for a decision. With his first offer now on the board, Nnaji can’t wait to see what else is in store.  "I think I'm going to play more and see what else I can pick up before I make a decision,” he said. ““Definitely needs to be a great program for basketball as well as education. Needs to have a great culture and coaching staff who value relationships.”

Nnaji plays with Howard Pulley during the travel season.