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Duke lands Rice transfer Sean Obi

According to an ESPN report, the Duke Blue Devils have landed a center. Not just any center, a transfer at that.

Sean Obi, a former Rice Owl, told ESPN that he committed to Duke. In his freshman season he averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds a game. His rebound statistic topped the performances by all other athletes in Conference USA.

He made his announcement via 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!!”

Obi decided to transfer from Rice due to Ben Braun, Rice coach, being fired back in March.

Per transfer rules, Obi will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season. It’s not like Duke doesn’t have another incoming center though

Top ranked recruit Jahlil Okafor will suit up for the Blue Devils this upcoming season. It’s going to be an unprecedented occurrence for Okafor and Obi to suit up together, due to the high possibility that Okafor will declare for the NBA Draft after his freshman season.

Last season, Duke would have benefitted from a center the size of Obi or Okafor. Jabari Parker and Amile Jefferson took turns manning the center position. Both Parker and Jefferson are 6-foot-8. Obi is a big 6-foot-9. Okafor is almost a seven footer, registering at 6-foot-11.

Duke doesn’t have the resource of Parker for the upcoming season, due to him declaring for the NBA Draft.  With the addition of Okafor and Obi, Jefferson will likely move back to his power forward position.

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