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Sunday / July 14.
  • Chris Obekpa Returning to St. John’s, Jordan ‘Leaning’ Toward Return

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    NCAA Basketball: St. John at DePaulINDIANAPOLIS — Junior big man Chris Obekpa will return to St. John’s next season and play for first-year coach Chris Mullin, a source close to the situation confirmed to SNY.tv Monday night.

    Meantime, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan is “leaning” toward returning, but more could become clear this week. Obekpa was among the players who met with Mullin before his introductory press conference last week, while Jordan was not.

    “I saw Chris [Obekpa] today,” Mullin said then. “Talent usually makes a good coach. I did not see Rysheed.”

    The 6-foot-9 Obekpa was suspended on Selection Sunday by former coach Steve Lavin for failing a drug test and missed the team’s second-round NCAA Tournament loss to San Diego State.

    Obekpa averaged 5.8 points and 7.0 rebounds this season. He is not projected to be drafted.

    His return automatically gives Mullin’s team a shot-blocking presence in the middle, assuming he can stay out of trouble off the court.

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    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.

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