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.
Chinonso Obokoh, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from Rochester Bishop Kearney, has committed to Syracuse, according to multiple reports.
His commitment follows his visit to Syracuse this past weekend for Midnight Madness.
“He is already a top five post defender in his class,” Jim Hart, Obokoh’s coach with the Albany City Rocks, told SNY.tv. “He has underrated skills as a shooter and ball-handler. He runs the floor hard for 32 minutes and gives 110 percent.”
A native of Nigeria, Obokoh also considered James Madison, Villanova, Temple, and Texas, said Hart, whose program also produced current Syracuse freshman big man DaJuan Coleman.
“Defensively, he’s unbelievable. He has great timing on blocking shots and running the floor. And he can guard on the perimeter,” Bishop Kearney coach Jon Boon told the Post-Standard. “Offensively, he’s still a work in progress. He’s gotten a ton better, but he still has a ways to go.”
Obokoh joins St. Benedict’s Prep point guard Tyler Ennis in Syracuse’s 2013 class. Both will begin play in the ACC next year.
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.
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.