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St. John’s Sophomore Chris Obekpa to Transfer

by Edward Kim | Posted on Saturday, April 5th, 2014

6’9, 240 pound Sophomore Chris Obepka has decided transfer from St. John’s.

After spending two years with the Red Storm and being an integral part of the rotation he will be looking to finish out his two remaining years of eligibility with another school.

In his two years with St. John’s, Obepka put up solid numbers which included 251 points, 358 rebounds, and an incredible 227 blocks, which is a school-record in only 65 games. His per game statistics were not great but his impact on the game was undeniable.

Chris Obekpa was a part of the 2012 recruiting class that had seven incoming recruits. From that class Marco Bourgault and Orlando Sanchez no longer remain eligible since they were JUCO transfers, JaKarr Sampson has declared for the NBA draft and now Chris Obelpa has decided to transfer, which leaves Felix Balamou, Jamal Branch and Christian Jones as the only remaining members.

The college off-season for the St. John’s men’s basketball program is off to a rough start. Currently there are no 2014 recruits and it seems each week the number of open scholarships continue growing. The only high school recruit that St. John’s has been consistently linked to is Christ the King High School big man Adonis DelaRosa who will announce his college intentions on April 18th.

In addition, rumors are now swirling around about the state of the program and the future of Head Coach Steve Lavin.

Following the loss to Robert Morris in the NIT to conclude the 2014 season, along with the departure of Sampson, Hooper and now Obekpa, many questions are being raised about the Red Storm’s future.

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