CHRIS OBEKPA NEWS

4-star PF Kassoum Yakwe reportedly down to two schools

Class of 2016 four-star power forward Kassoum Yakwe, out of Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, about 54 miles east of New York City, has reported narrowed his list of potential schools down to two: Oregon and St. John’s. SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported the update on Zagsblog. The next step for Yakwe is deciding whether or not he will reclassify to the Class of...
Via Campus Sports Net
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Former St. John's forward Obekpa to play for Runnin' Rebels

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former St. John's forward Chris Obekpa is transferring to UNLV and will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels in 2016-17. From Nigeria, Obekpa led the Big East in blocked shots each of the past three seasons and was fifth nationally a year ago with 3.1 per game. The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 5.8 points and 7 rebounds last season, but was suspended for two weeks...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-St. John's star Chris Obekpa transfers to UNLV

Chris Obekpa is headed to Sin City to revive his career. St. John’s shot-blocking dynamo announced his transfer to UNLV with an Instagram post on Wednesday that read “Rebirth” with a photo of the UNLV mascot. Obekpa has to sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, and has one year of eligibility left. He was suspended two exhibition games his sophomore year for violating...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa taking his troubles from St. John's to UNLV: Report

Ex-St. John's defensive standout Chris Obekpa, the nation's fifth-leading shot blocker last season, revealed he will transfer to UNLV.The troublesome Obekpa announced the news on his Instagram page, and multiple sources confirmed the decision to ESPN.com. The short shorts-wearing 6-foot-10 center will have to sit out next season and will only have one year of eligibility remaining...
Via The Other Paper
24 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John’s transfer Chris Obekpa headed to UNLV

Former St. John’s Red Storm big man Chris Obekpa has committed to UNLV, according to Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk. Obekpa also posted his announcement on his Instagram. REBIRTH A photo posted by Airwatchman. Khadafi (@obekpa12) on Aug 5, 2015 at 11:06am PDT Obekpa averaged seven rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game his junior season at St. John’s...
Via Campus Sports Net
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to visit UNLV

Former St. John's center Chris Obekpa has his fair share of problems in Queens, but it's hard to deny his talent. The gifted rim protector has one year of eligibility left, and after reported flirtations with Minnesota, Jon Rothstein of CBS reports Obekpa is now set to visit UNLV:
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John's Coach Mullin aiming high

St. John's experienced as much turnover as any team in the country this offseason.Out are D'Angelo Harrison, Chris Obekpa, Sir'Dominic Pointer and Rysheed Jordan. Steve Lavin is gone, as well, and former Johnnies legend Chris Mullin takes the reigns as head coach.Despite having almost a completely new roster, does Mullin believe this team can return to the NCAA Tournament once again...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Highly touted recruit spurns the NCAA for Europe

It's been a roller-coaster of an offseason for St. John's, with new head coach Chris Mullin signing a bevy or recruits but losing the likes of Chris Obekpa and Rysheed Jordan. Georgios Papagiannis represented a chance for Mullin to replace Obekpa. However, the 7-1 center from Greece has decided not to play college basketball and pursue playing professionally in Europe next season...
Via Fox Sports
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota cuts bait on St. John's center Chris Obekpa

Gophers men's basketball is no longer interested in St. John's transfer Chris Obekpa after the center visited campus over the weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Red Storm's all-time leading shot blocker is transferring because of an issue with new coach Chris Mullin's stricter rules.Perhaps he didn't vibe with Richard Pitino, either. Obekpa has...
Via Fox Sports
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa visits Minnesota, considering others

St. John's big man Chris Obekpa is visited Minnesota this weekend and is considering several other schools as well.The 6-foot-9 Obekpa is also considering N.C. State, Oregon, Arizona State and Alabama, sources told SNY.tv. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules.Obekpa was the leading shot blocker in the Big East last season, and will be a defensive presence...
Via Fox Sports
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to visit Minnesota this weekend

Former St. John’s Red Storm center Chris Obekpa will visit the University of Minnesota this weekend. Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the story. Minnesota is one of four schools that Obekpa is considering, the others being N.C. State, Alabama and Arizona State, per Adam Zagoria of SNY. It’s an unfortunate circumstance for Obekpa, as he was declared ineligible...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Obekpa expected to visit Minnesota

Chris Obekpa had a roller-coaster of a career with St. John's. It started rocky, but at his peak, he was one of the best defensive players in the Big East. After a drug related suspension and a coaching change, however, Obekpa decided to call it quits with the Red Storm. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose to transfer.Insert Minnesota.Gophers basketball coach Richard...
Via Fox Sports
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Obekpa expected to visit Minnesota

Chris Obekpa had a roller-coaster of a career with St. John's. It started rocky, but at his peak, he was one of the best defensive players in the Big East. After a drug related suspension and a coaching change, however, Obekpa decided to call it quits with the Red Storm. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose to transfer.Insert Minnesota.Gophers basketball coach Richard...
Via Fox Sports
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Obekpa expected to visit Minnesota

Chris Obekpa had a roller-coaster of a career with St. John's. It started rocky, but at his peak, he was one of the best defensive players in the Big East. After a drug related suspension and a coaching change, however, Obekpa decided to call it quits with the Red Storm. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose to transfer.Insert Minnesota.Gophers basketball coach Richard...
Via Fox Sports
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Italian guard Federico Mussini commits to St. John’s

Italian point guard Federico Mussini has committed to St. John’s University and will suit up for the team next season. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the story. BREAKING: Italian guard Federico Mussini has committed to St. John's, source told @CBSSports. Part of 2015 class. #sjubb — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 29, 2015 This is a huge get for the Red Storm, as...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

'Depressed' Chris Obekpa transfers out of St. John's

Chris Obekpa is following in Rysheed Jordan's footsteps: He's transferring from St. John's after vowing to return. But for what reason? The New York Daily News took a look:"A source familiar with the situation said that Obekpa was struggling with the transition from former head coach Steve Lavin to new head coach Chris Mullin."The source however said Obekpa, who is in good academic...
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to transfer from St. John’s

St. John’s Red Storm leading shot blocker Chris Obekpa will leave the program and transfer. The university made the announcement. Obekpa averaged 4.5 points, six rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in three years with St. John’s. He had nothing but good things to say about his time with the program. “It was a great three years of growing here at St. John’s. I am forever grateful...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Big East leader in blocked shots transferring from St. John's

NEW YORK -- Chris Obekpa, who led the Big East in blocked shots the past three seasons, has decided to leave St. John's and has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA schools. The 6-foot-9 Obekpa, a rising senior, had said he was going to transfer after his sophomore season but changed his mind and he played last season for former coach Steve Lavin...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to transfer from St. John's

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Obekpa, who led the Big East in blocked shots the past three seasons, has decided to leave St. John's and has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA schools. The 6-foot-9 Obekpa, a rising senior, had said he was going to transfer after his sophomore season but changed his mind and he played last season for former coach Steve...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Mullin completes 1st month as coach at St. John's

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin was headed to lunch, walking along the main street that borders the St. John's campus. ''I'm walking over here and my wife called and said, `What are you doing?' I said, `I'm walking down Union Turnpike going to lunch.' It's kind of strange really,'' Mullin said laughing Wednesday of his 30-year flashback to when he was the basketball star of stars at...
Via AP on Fox
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mullin mastery: Obekpa, Jordan to return

Chris Mullin has had no time to settle in to his new head coaching job at St. John's. Do you know who that doesn't seem to be bothering?That's right, Chris Mullin.The Johnnies' legend has not only blitzed the recruiting trail, he has even managed to convince Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa, two players with NBA that lie ahead, to stay at a program with a rookie coach.(h/t New York Post)
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

SJU’s Rysheed Jordan will stay in school

The start to Chris Mullin’s head coaching tenure at St. John’s could not have gone better, after late last night Rysheed Jordan announced that he will return to the Red Storm for his junior season.  Earlier this month, center Chris Obekpa confirmed that he would also remain with the program and Jordan makes two key parts of the NCAA Tournament qualifying St. John’s squad...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John’s Chris Obekpa to Return Next Season

Per Zach Braziller of the New York Post, St. John’s Red Storm center Chris Obekpa will return to the team for his senior season. Obekpa, who stands 6-foot-10 and weighs 240 pounds, was averaging 5.8 points and seven rebounds per game while also leading the Big East in blocked shots before being suspended following a positive test for marijuana. As a result, he missed the Red...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Lavin, St. John’s ‘mutually agree’ to part ways: Report

Steve Lavin will no longer be the men's basketball coach at St. John's, the school announced Friday, after the two sides mutually parted ways. The news comes days after reports said Lavin was in talks over a contract extension and one week after the Red Storm were bounced from the NCAA tournament in the first round. Those extension talks didn't last long, as reports later...
Via The Other Paper
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John's, coach Steve Lavin agree to part ways

St. John's University has "mutually agreed to part ways" with men's basketball coach Steve Lavin, the university announced on Friday. The school's athletic director, Chris Monasch, released a statement announcing the decision. "Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," Monasch said in a statement. "We appreciate...
Via Fox Sports
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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