7-0 center Jonas Aidoo, a native of Durham, NC who attends school in Charlotte, has been one of the big risers in the basketball recruiting world due to his performances over the summer and in the early fall. He has climbed to four-star status in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the #20 center nationally and the #4 prospect in North Carolina for the 2021 class.
Clemson and USC made offers to him during the summer. Clemson has fallen by the wayside with him but USC is still a player. Aidoo plans to announce his top 10 on Friday and the Gamecocks look good for a spot on his list.
“I feel comfortable with them and I’m seriously considering them,” Aidoo said of the relationship he’s built with the Gamecocks thru assistant coach Will Bailey. “We talk on like an everyday basis, just checking up on me, giving me tips and stuff like that. He tells me how he sees me there, they need me and would love to coach me and and how he would develop me.”
Aidoo has plenty of other major offers including Kansas, Tennessee, Providence, Virginia Tech, Houston, Wichita State, Marquette, Alabama, Miami, VCU, Rutgers, Georgia, Wake Forest, NC State and St. John’s. He has a short list of what he’s looking for in that right place.
“A family environment, a place I know I can go and make an impact and get better and learn the mental and physical part of the game,” Aidoo said. Along with USC, he said he’s also hearing a lot from Ole Miss, Georgia, Providence, Marquette, Kansas, Tennessee, Miami and Pitt.
Aidoo played for Voyager Academy in Durham the past two seasons. He originally was in the 2020 class but reclassified for 2021 and transferred to Liberty Heights Athletic Institute in Charlotte.
According to MaxPreps states, in 25 career games, Aidoo has averaged 9 points per game. Last season he also averaged 6 rebounds per game.