May 5, 2012

Meet Chinoso Obokoh

From Nigeria to New York 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward Chinoso Obokoh is gaining popularity across the college basketball recruiting landscape.

The Rochester (NY) Bishop Kearney rising senior claims scholarship offers from Buffalo, Dayton, James Madison, Oregon, Temple, Texas, Villanova and West Virginia, and is receiving strong interest Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Providence and Syracuse.

"I want a school that can offer me an education and good academic support," Obokoh said. "It's not about basketball. I'm here to go to school. Basketball is not going to be there all the time."

Obokoh, who is playing for the Albany City Rocks on the EYBL circuit, added he wants to learn more about Wake Forest. Albany City Rocks alum and 2012 Wake-signee Tyler Cavanaugh has spoken with Obokoh about the prestigious university in Winston-Salem.

"He [Cavanaugh] says he loves the school [Wake] and he finds family stuff in the school," Obokoh said. "Tyler's a good player, and I like his spirit. He's not only like an offensive player; he can play defense. He plays hard every time. I know he's a good player to go with."

Wake Forest assistant coach Jeff Battle watched Obokoh for the first time at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va. Saturday, April 28.

Obokoh is averaging 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks after nine games against EYBL competition.

"Defensive game is my game," Obokoh said. "I like playing defense, because without defense you can't win any game. When you play defense everything is going to come around, like the offensive game."

He averaged 14.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks to help lead Bishop Kearney to the second round of the state playoffs and a 17-7 record last season.

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