Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Chris Obekpa, the top shot-blocking big man available in the Class of 2012, took an official visit to DePaul last weekend and has four officials remaining.
The 6-foot-9 Obekpa, averaging 12 points, 15 rebounds and 9.5 blocks for Our Savior New American (13-1), is considering 12 schools and no other officials have been mapped out, Our Savior assistant Eric Jaklitsch told SNY.tv.
“Everybody’s trying to get us back to campus,” Jaklitsch said. “It’s tough when we’re playing and everything.”
Obekpa’s list currently includes DePaul, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UConn, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Providence, UCLA, Texas, Oregon, Florida and Kentucky. Everyone but Kentucky has offered, Jaklitsch said.
Obekpa may take a visit to West Virginia at some point and is considering whether to attend Saturday’s Louisville-Seton Hall game.
He also plans to visit St. John’s again, although that could be an unofficial. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has targeted Obekpa along with JaKarr Sampson, Ricardo Gathers and Orlando Sanchez.
As for the DePaul visit, Obekpa traveled there after playing in Memphis last weekend.
“He flew from Memphis to Chicago,” Jaklitsch said. “He doesn’t say much. He enjoyed it. He got a chance to see Chicago. He watched their game against South Florida [a 75-59 loss]. He took a tour of the campus. He met [2013 commit] Billy Garrett.”
Still, the Nigerian native remains wide open and will wait until after the season to finalize his plans.
“He’s still considering a dozen schools,” Jaklitsch said. “he wants to explore his options and look at everything and weigh the pros and cons like everybody else. He’s only been in the U.S. a year and a half.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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