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Sean Obi signs necessary paperwork to attend Duke


It’s official. Sophomore center Sean Obi has signed a financial aid agreement to attend Duke University in the fall. Due to transfer rules, Obi will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining as a Blue Devil.

Obi averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during his freshman campaign at Rice. His mark of 9.3 rebounds per game had him sitting at the top of the Conference USA, and ranked second nationally for freshmen in that category. (The only other freshman to average more rebounds than Obi was Kentucky freshman forward, Julius Randle.)

He had 17 games where he scored in double figures and had 11 double-doubles. He also had two games where he surpassed 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Despite his impressive stats from last season, basketball wasn’t Obi’s first sport. In fact, Obi has only played basketball for four years.

Obi shares this, and a few other things, with NBA bound Joel Embiid. Embiid who spent his freshman year at Kansas, has only played organized basketball since 2011.  Both players call Africa home, as well. Obi is a native of Nigeria, while Embiid is a native of Cameroon. If you’re unfamiliar with African geography, the two countries share a border.

When Obi was just six years old, he and his family were forced to leave their home of Nigeria. Their home was set ablaze by ethnic cleansing rioters. Obi and his family came to the United States in 2010, just before Obi’s sophomore year of high school.

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