Duke

Duke lands Rice transfer Obi

Posted April 21, 2014

Duke Blue Devils Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski looks on during a game against the Mercer Bears during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. The Mercer Bears defeated the Duke Blue Devils 78-71. (Lance King/WRAL contributor)

— Former Rice forward Sean Obi announced on various social media outlets Monday that he will transfer to Duke.

The 6-foot-9 power forward from Nigeria posted Tweet, linking to an image of the Duke logo on Instagram saying, "Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college basketball career. Very thankful for all the support and love from my family and friends all over, and also to every college Coach that have called and been in involved with me through out this process. Duke it is!! #Dukebasketball #DukeNation # Bleedblue #Dukeblueplanet.”

Obi, who averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds at Rice last year will have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play in 2015-16. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Obi led Conference USA in rebounding a year ago as a freshman and posted 11 double-doubles. As a senior in high school, he led Green Farms Academy to a 26-2 record and a New England Prep School Athletic Council tournament win.

In the front court for 2014-15, Duke will lose forwards Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker to the NBA Draft as well as senior big man Josh Hairston, who played sparingly a year ago. The Blue Devils will gain the highly-touted high school senior Jahlil Okafor for next year, but it is unlikely he will stay with the program after one season.

 



26 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Newest First
View all
  • modukev5saysbyebye Apr 21, 2014

    Coach K is on a roll!

  • heelsforever Apr 21, 2014

    Will he be Obi One-and-Done?

  • bubbadoright Apr 21, 2014

    who?

  • jhilfiker2001 Apr 21, 2014

    View quoted thread


    Lame

  • ncdedhed Apr 21, 2014

    Wow! Maybe they can make it to the round of 32 next season!

  • sportznutv2.11 Apr 22, 2014

    He can take Alex Murphy's spot on the bench

  • jmcdow2792 Apr 22, 2014

    As long as K can get these players, Duke will be ok. How long will it last?

  • fbguru Apr 22, 2014

    Maybe they can make it to the round of 32 next season!.......Yeah, he didn't choose UNCheat cause he wants to MAKE it to the NCAA every year, not the NIT, and he wants to take REAL classses, not fake ones. #don'tbejealousdude

  • ericsgrowing Apr 22, 2014

    I am glad he didn't choose a team like UNC that goes to the NIT every few years.

  • blue_devil_33 Apr 22, 2014

    A great get to go along with Luke Kennard in 2015. Okafor is likely out after one year so Obi will fill a big void - literally and figuratively. This guy looks like he's a load. Time will tell if he produces, but given Duke's track record of guys transferring in I'd bet this one will also pay big dividends.

More...

 

 

  • ACTION: Dew Tour

    Saturday at 5:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • GOLF: Women's British Open

    Saturday at 11:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Haskell

    Sunday at 5:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • ACTION: Dew Tour

    Sunday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • OLYMPICS: Kerri Walsh Special

    Sunday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • GOLF: Women's British Open

    Sunday at 11:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Toledo

    Tonight at 7:00 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Toledo

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Colorado 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Baltimore 
 
San Diego 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 MST6:07 EST6:37 VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 CT
Preview
Toronto 
 
Chi Cubs 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Chi White Sox 
American League
Detroit 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Boston 
 
Oakland 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
 
NY Yankees 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston 
 
LA Angels 5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
Kansas City 
National League
St. Louis 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
 
Philadelphia 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Miami 
 
Arizona 4:20 PT5:20 MT6:20 CT7:20 ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 MST6:20 EST6:50 VEN3:20 UAE (+1)6:20 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
Cincinnati 7:15 PT8:15 MT9:15 CT10:15 ET22:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 7:15 MST9:15 EST9:45 VEN6:15 UAE (+1)9:15 CT
Preview
San Francisco 
 
Intl Crown (LPGA)
USA: 27.5 | Chinese Taipei: 23.5
Foursomes - Day 2
MatchScore
Kim / 5 and 4
Hull / F (14)
 
Lu / 4 and 3
Chun / F (15)
 
Piller / 4 and 3
Tseng / F (15)
 
Lewis / 3 and 2
Miyazato / F (16)
 
Nomura / 3 and 2
Yang / F (16)
 
Kerr / 3 and 2
Reid / F (16)
 
Ryu / 2 and 1
Thompson / F (17)
 
Kung / 2 and 1
Suzuki / F (17)
 
Ewart Shadoff / 1 up
Cheng / F (18)
 
Watanabe / 1 up
Clyburn / F (18)
Four Balls - Day 2
MatchScore
Ewart Shadoff / Clyburn7 and 5
Phatlum / ChutichaiF (13)
 
Yan / Lin5 and 4
Tseng / ChengF (14)
 
Ryu / Kim3 and 2
Webb / ArtisF (16)
 
Kerr / Thompson4 and 2
Suzuki / WatanabeF (16)
 
Piller / Lewis3 and 1
Miyazato / NomuraF (17)
 
Hull / Reid3 and 1
Jutanugarn / JutanugarnF (17)
 
Yang / Chun1 up
Lee / OhF (18)
 
Kung / Luhalved
Feng / FengF (18)
View Full Leaderboard