Duke lands big man transfer Sean Obi

Posted by Laura Keeley on April 21, 2014 

After struggling this season without a true post presence, Duke continues to work and ensure that issue doesn’t come up again.

Monday night, Sean Obi, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound freshman big man from Rice, announced he is transferring to the Blue Devils to finish his college career. Obi will have to sit out next season and begin playing in the 2015-16 season.

"Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college basketball career," Obi write on Instagram. "Duke it is!!"

Obi led Conference USA with an average of 9.3 rebounds per game while also scoring 11.4 points per game and shooting 59.1 percent from the floor. Obi was especially effective on the defensive glass, ranking second nationally in defensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 30.6 of all available rebounds. The Nigerian native was a two-star prospect out of Greens Farms (Conn.) Academy. He decided to leave Rice after coach Ben Braun resigned following the Owls’ 7-23 season.

Obi chose Duke over Vanderbilt and Michigan. Duke will have 6-foot-11 center Jahlil Okafor, the No. 1 overall recruit, for next season, but Obi will be ready to step in should Okafor do as expected and leave Durham after one year.

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