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Thursday / February 23.

St. John’s Obekpa Gets Blanket Release

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ARLINGTON, Texas –– Transferring St. John’s big man Chris Obekpa received a blanket release from the school and is free to transfer to any school not in the Big East Conference, sources told Friday.

Baylor, Florida, Pittsburgh and Oregon are among the schools expected to be involved for Obekpa, who must sit out next season before being eligible in 2015-16. first reported Thursday the news that Obekpa will transfer. He averaged 3.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks this past season, but played just 2 minutes in St. John’s loss to Providence in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. He then played 11 minutes in the loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT.

Obekpa will be highly sought after because of his shot-blocking abilities. He is projected as the No. 46 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by, but now won’t be eligible until 2016.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.