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Duke lands Rice transfer Obi

Posted April 21

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.

 

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  • modukev5saysbyebye Apr 21, 9:35 p.m.

    Coach K is on a roll!

  • heelsforever Apr 21, 9:35 p.m.

    Will he be Obi One-and-Done?

  • bubbadoright Apr 21, 9:42 p.m.

    who?

  • jhilfiker2001 Apr 21, 10:33 p.m.

    Will he be Obi One-and-Done?

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Lame

  • ncdedhed Apr 21, 10:40 p.m.

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

  • sportznutv2.11 Apr 22, 2:54 a.m.

    He can take Alex Murphy's spot on the bench

  • jmcdow2792 Apr 22, 6:03 a.m.

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

  • fbguru Apr 22, 7:26 a.m.

    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, 7:34 a.m.

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

  • blue_devil_33 Apr 22, 9:06 a.m.

    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.

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