Duke doesn’t grab transfers all too often, especially not guys who began their careers at places like Rice, but Sean Obi broke that trend, committing to Duke via his Instagram page.
Obi isn’t your typical Rice player, however. His defensive rebound percentage of 30.6% was good enough for 2nd nationally, he hit the offensive boards (10.8%) and shot 59% from two. Obi’s biggest problem is that he was a bit turnover prone, but it’s tough to blame a Freshman for that.
Obi was lightly recruited out of high school, picking Rice over Yale and Columbia after moving to the United States from Nigeria. He was, perhaps relatedly, originally noticed by a Nigerian businessman in Texas.
Obi will have to sit out next season due to NCAA rules, but while I can’t picture him putting up the same type of numbers in the ACC as he did at Rice, he’s a good depth big for Duke the next three years, and rebounding is one of those stats that seems to transfer regardless of level of competition, which is great news for the 11th best defensive rebounding team in the ACC this year.