"BIG JIMMY" SORUNKE
One of THE TOP High School Basketball Players in the USA (Class of 2020)

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DC Baltimore Hoops: Joseph Katz puts Jimmy Sorunke on his 1st Team ALL MOCO preseason & his 1st Team ALL DC DMV preseason & also names Jimmy as a Player of the Year candidate!

Jimmy Sorunke is developing into a D1 high major PF/C

Washington Post: Rockville sophomore Jimmy Sorunke cleared to play after investigation into his age

Barstool Sports: Things You Hate To See: Deadspin's Report Of A Maryland High School Basketball Player Was Wildly Incorrect

Prep Hoops: Maryland/DC Rankings Breakdown: 2020 Newcomers

The Sentinel: POINT GUARD BAILEY LEADS ROCKVILLE BOYS TO VICTORY OVER BLAKE, 64-51

"Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region high school boys basketball leaders"

Rockville Rampage: "Ram to Watch: Jimmy Sorunke"

Prep Hoops: Freshman to Watch: Jimmy Sorunke (2021)


DC Baltimore Hoops: Joseph Katz puts Jimmy Sorunke on his 1st Team ALL MOCO preseason & his 1st Team ALL DC DMV preseason & also names Jimmy as a Player of the Year candidate!


Jimmy Sorunke is developing into a D1 high major PF/C
by Joseph Katz
Jul 25, 5:02 AM

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Jimmy Sorunke, 6-10 PF/C, 2020.

Big Jimmy has arrived and is now a legitimate D1 college prospect. He came to the US in 2016 from Nigeria, as 6-8 raw basketball prospect. His progress on and off the court has been amazing. Jimmy settled in Rockville, MD with his legal guardian who has helped 19 other overseas & local players that have been misplaced and /or underprivileged looking for a new start.

Last season Jimmy flourished as a sophomore at Rockville HS in the classroom, socially and on the basketball court.

In the community, before and after games, Jimmy always has time for the young ones who look up to him. Sometimes before the games , Jimmy is high fiving his young admirers. Jimmy has aspirations of helping children with cancer at Georgetown University as part of his Rockville HS curriculum. Off the hardwood, Jimmy is the gentle caring giant who has time for everyone. He always shows respect and courtesy. On the court he is tough as nails and plays with a very high motor for such a tall and strong young man. Additionally, he is a great teammate who will be a key team leader for the Rams season.

Last season, controversy arose regarding Jimmy's true age and there were many terrible and false rumors circulating. Montgomery County launched an investigation which is now finalized. The County determined there was no miss representation and Jimmy has 2 more years to play at Rockville HS. I have this document in my possession and I will swear under oath it is 100% authentic and true. It is now time for this fantastic young man to enjoy his final 2 years of HS and enjoy his journey in life.

When Jimmy arrived in the US, he had never played any organized basketball. He would play pickup games in the dirt half courts in his hometown overseas in Nigeria. Over the past 12 months I have watched Jimmy develop his basketball skills. At 6-10, 265 pounds, Jimmy runs the court at a very high level. He possesses very polished post moves, excellent overall fundamentals and a very high IQ. These can attributed to Rockville HS Basketball Coach, Todd Dembroksi, Basketball Trainer, Team Melo, his legal guardian and Jimmy. The foursome truly care about Jimmy on and off the court and Jimmy is very grateful to them.

In the low post Jimmy has the potential to dominate. He does this with more frequency every month or less. Jimmy has great reactions for offensive rebounds and very quick first and second jump which still has more potential. He gets excellent position in on the blocks, utilizing his backside and power to create space. Then becomes an excellent target, using his powerful shoulders and 7-2 wingspan. He is developing excellent instincts on which way to turn and which move to use. Jimmy can go straight up with a jump hook with either hand, make a quick power move for a ferocious dunk, or a sequence of quick and crisp moves where he sometimes finishes with a spin move...

When Jimmy gets doubled, and sometimes tripled, he has learned how to make the correct read. He will not automatically kick the ball out to the perimeter. Jimmy has superb court vision and can find cutters, back-doors and other open teammates. He is now able to see plays before they develop. Most of Jimmy's offensive firepower comes inside or baseline. However, he does have very nice foul shot mechanics and is working on his 3 ball with his well renown Trainer, Pat the Rock.

Last season at Rockville HS, Jimmy averaged 12.8 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game which were the best in Maryland. He uses his superb size to box out and learned how to gauge where missed shots will travel. He has excellent timing and hands. After he clears a rebound, Jimmy keeps the ball high & has the hand strength to prevent strips. The frequency of going for ball, pump fakes and lunges is continually declining as Jimmy continues to learn basketball. His shot blocking, rebounding and other facets of his game have potential for greatness at the next level.

Passion and work ethic are skills and Jimmy possesses both. He loves to play basketball and watch himself improve. Jimmy is doing very well in the classroom at Rockville HS, where he is not given any free passes. He is a very intelligent and charismatic young man who likes art and history. He is cherished by the Rockville students and staff who have embraced him. Jimmy is very well known, loved and admired in the Rockville community where is very happy. Additionally, many Montgomery County HS Coaches encourage him in his classwork and basketball.

This summer Jimmy is receiving major interest from numerous high D1 schools. He is now en route to Las Vegas to play in the Fab 48 national grassroots tournament, which will include Nike EYBL, Under Amour UAA, Adidas Gauntlet and powerful non sponsored AAU teams. Last season Team Takeover won the 17U Fab 48 Championship over the Oakland Soldiers. ESPN will be televising some games this weekend and I pass along the times and dates.

In August I will watch some of Jimmy's workout sessions in Rockville. Also, I will attend his regular season and post season games for Rockville. Last season the Rams won 2 games in the MD 3A Regionals, before losing to Thomas Johnson of Frederick in the Elite 8. After watching 3 Rockville games in the Maryland Elite Summer League, I believe Rockville be improved in 2018-19. Thomas Johnson will once again be a top team in MD 3A. In MOCO, Magruder will be very talented and Watkins Mill will be a dangerous sleeper after a successful summer. Poly will be in the opposite bracket and very possibly the favorite for a 3 peat of the MD 3A State Title. Oxon Hill, St. Charles (SMAC) and Potomac will be legitimate MD 3A State Championship contenders.

I am wishing Jimmy a great conclusion to his summer and great success and happiness in life he deserves. I look forward to watching Jimmy grow as a young man , chatting with him and watching him play.


Washington Post: Rockville sophomore Jimmy Sorunke cleared to play after investigation into his age

By Samantha Pell
July 24

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Rockville High basketball player Jimmy Sorunke was cleared to play in Montgomery County Public Schools after an investigation concluded he wasn’t in violation of the age requirement for high school students, MCPS spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala confirmed Tuesday.

The investigation, which began after a Deadspin article published in March questioned Sorunke's age, ended in early July and found there was "insufficient evidence" that Sorunke's listed birthday of June 11, 2001, was inaccurate. The Deadspin story alleged Sorunke may have been 20 at the start of his freshman year at Rockville last fall - not 16, as Sorunke and his guardian, Joe Boncore, claimed.

Sorunke, a 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria, averaged 15.2 points for Rockville last season. The team finished 14-10 after going 2-22 the year before. Sorunke recently took part in the Maryland Elite Summer League this summer, playing for Rockville.

The initial investigation at the school and state level began in early March. Spokesman Derek Turner said MCPS received documentation at the time of Sorunke's enrollment that indicated his birthday was in 2001 - which would make him 16 when he started as a freshman. The birthday listed on images of Sorunke's Nigerian passport and birth certificate provided to The Washington Post also was in 2001.

Deadspin cited a blog post from 2016 listing Olujimi Sorunke Abayomi as having a birthday of June 11, 1997. That name was on the birth certificate and passport provided to The Post.


Barstool Sports: Things You Hate To See: Deadspin's Report Of A Maryland High School Basketball Player Was Wildly Incorrect

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You just hate to see Deadspin continue its trend of losing. The website, which Dave should own soon, had an extremely long piece back in March about Jimmy Sorunke, a 6'10" freshman tearing up the high school scene in Maryland. Here's the headline:

The short answer here is no. No, he's a 16-year old that was the victim of Deadspin trying to write about sports and still be a website that means something. Instead of trying to cover their own ass, Deadspin took this investigative report into Sorunke's background and ran an article that takes 5 minutes to read about him.

Luckily for Sorunke real investigative people did the check on him and found out he is in fact not 20. Just a shame to see Deadspin wrong again. You truly hate to see it. I'm sure they'll have some reasoning defending their actions into trying to track down Facebook profiles though.

Maybe one day Deadspin will learn. Leave the sports writing to people who actually know sports. Leave the investigative reports into people who know how to investigate. In the mean time keep writing hit pieces on guys like Large. It'll keep your website alive for a couple more months.


Prep Hoops: Maryland/DC Rankings Breakdown: 2020 Newcomers
2/16/18

PrepHoops Maryland recently updated the class of 2020 player rankings. Gathering a list of players and choosing which rank best fits the individual was an extremely difficult challenge, but we do our best to keep them updated every three months. Our recent update includes an expansion from the number of players ranked from 50 to 65. We love finding out about new players, and we've done so since our last update. Here we conclude our breakdown series featuring seven newcomers.

#16 | JIMMY SORUNKE | 6' 10" C | ROCKVILLE
Jimmy Sorunke is a physically imposing paint presence at 6'10". He's still got a lot of growth and development to do, but so do most bigs his age. The future looks bright for Sorunke.

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Rockville Rams' freshman forward Jimmy Sorunke (#42) shoots from the lane with three Blake defenders on him in the section semifinal.
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The Sentinel: POINT GUARD BAILEY LEADS ROCKVILLE BOYS
TO VICTORY OVER BLAKE, 64-51
28 Feb 2018
by Brandy L. Simms

The Rams advanced to Wednesday's section championship game against visiting Westminster, who knocked off the Magruder Colonels on Monday.
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"This is my first playoff win so it's a good win for me, said Sorunke, who registered four blocked shots against Blake. "My goal is to win states. My goal hasn't changed."

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MaxPreps releases new rankings for Maryland and "Big Jimmy" Sorunke is the Blocking & Rebounding King:

"Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region high school boys basketball leaders"
Eric Frantz | MaxPreps.com
Monday, February 12, 2018

A look at statistical leaders in Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Washington (DC), West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware.

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Rockville Rampage: "Ram to Watch: Jimmy Sorunke"

Jonathan Brake, Staff Writer
December 14, 2017

“Jimmy is one of the hardest working players I have seen. He works every day to improve," varsity basketball coach Todd Dembroski said.

Sorunke is inspired by his favorite NBA player, Ben Simmons, guard and forward for the Philadelphia 76ers who has the same build as Sorunke, who is learning to use the same overwhelming size and reckless abandon on the court.

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Prep Hoops: Freshman to Watch: Jimmy Sorunke (2021)
By Colby Giacubeno
09/11/17

Luckily for Sorunke, his overwhelming size alone will cause issues for any team on Rockville's schedule. Often times we see players with Sorunke's overall size struggle to consistently run the floor. That's the last thing you need to worry about with him, though.

"Right now I'd say running the break is the strongest part of my game", Sorunke told PrepHoops. "Rebounding and being physical too."

I saw Sorunke play yesterday at the DMVElite 80. Immediately, his size catches your eye. Once the ball is tipped, he goes 110 percent the entire time he's in. He plays with a reckless abandon that puts everyone on notice. It's almost like he doesn't know how to give up on a play. One possession, his teammate turned the ball over at half court. Sorunke put his head down and sprinted from their own three-point line to catch the guard who stole the ball, pinning their lay up against the glass.

When I asked him who he watches the most film of, Sorunke told me Ben Simmons is his favorite player. He wants to eventually become as versatile and skilled as he is with the basketball. He has the size, now it comes down to coaching and development.

Sorunke should be a name on your list of 2021 prospects.

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