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St. John's Parts Ways with Obekpa

Chris Obekpa will transfer from St. John's Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Obekpa will transfer from St. John's
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

JAMAICA, NY - June 24, 2015 -- (From staff report and official news release) -- St. John's senior center Chris Obekpa is leaving the University and has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA member institutions.

“We respect Chris’ decision and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin.

“It was a great three years of growing here at St. John’s. I am forever grateful for the friends and family I have met during my time here,” said Obekpa. “Much gratitude goes out to my coaches, teammates, professors and administrators for all of their love and support over the past three years.”

Obekpa played in 95 games during his career with the Red Storm, averaging 4.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9 center from Makurdi, Nigeria, led the BIG EAST in blocked shots three-straight years and holds the program’s career (321), single season (133) and single game (11) blocks records. Obekpa made 30 appearances last season posting 5.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 rejections per game.

Obekpa now joins Rasheed Jordan, the other previous and viable starter from the Steve Lavin-coached Red Storm team. Jordan dropped out of school and is pursuing a career in prefessional basketball overseas.

 

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