High School Sports

Obasohan’s angles add up to rebounds

Left to right, NCSSM’s Justice Obasohan (21), DSA’s Jayson Jackson(43) and Markez Melvin (10) jostle for position as Dasha Callender (5) readies for a shot.
Left to right, NCSSM’s Justice Obasohan (21), DSA’s Jayson Jackson(43) and Markez Melvin (10) jostle for position as Dasha Callender (5) readies for a shot. BONITTA BEST

Justice Obasohan, N.C. School of Science and Mathematics’ 6-foot-5 rebounding machine, applies a little mathematics when he prepares for a rebound.

To him, rebounding is mostly about angles and probabilities.

He does it so well that he leads the area with 14.2 rebounds per game and has had at least 10 rebounds in 15 of the Unicorns’ 16 games.

“When we have the ball and we shoot, I know who is shooting and whether they usually miss short or long or to which side,” he said. “You look at the shot and usually try to get to the backside.”

Jumping ability and tenacity are important, of course, but positioning is the key. And so is having enough strength to hold the position and to keep the ball after it is rebounded.

“But the biggest thing is getting in position,” he said.

Obasohan had a monster game in a 79-65 win over Louisburg last week. He scored 33 points, grabbed 26 rebounds, blocked five shots and handed out four assists.

“Justice is a hidden gem,” said NCSSM coach Derryl Britt. “He didn’t go to camps or get exposure during the summer, but he is a great young man and outstanding player.”

He is getting some recruiting attention from schools, including Howard University, Guilford, UNC Pemboke and Elizabeth City State University.

Obasohan played with little distinction as a sophomore at Wallace-Rose Hill High.

“You wouldn’t believe how hard he has worked and how far he has come in basketball,” said Austin Obasohan, his father and the superintendent of Duplin County Schools.

Justice – whose brother and sister are named Trust and Modesty – wanted to continue to play basketball, but he also wanted the academic challenges of the School of Science and Math.

The school was established in 1980 as a public, residential high school where students study a specialized curriculum emphasizing science and mathematics. The school attracts academically talented juniors and seniors.

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