The cupboard is very full for the Duke Blue Devils from a talent perspective for the 2014-2015 season, but Coach K isn’t anywhere close to being done, as he has secured a potential impact player for the following year with the transfer of Rice Owls power forward Sean Obi.
Duke has received a commitment from Rice big man Sean Obi, he told ESPN. Will sit out and have three years left.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 22, 2014
Jeff Goodman of ESPN brought the original report of Obi’s decision to transfer to Durham, but the rising sophomore big man confirmed his decision via Instagram with the following caption.
“Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college basketball career. Very thankful for all the support and love from my family and friends all over, and also to every college Coach that have called and been in involved with me through out this process. Duke it is!!”
On the surface, it may not seem like a huge get for a problem like Duke, but Obi was incredibly productive as a freshman (11.4 points, 9.3 rebounds per game) and with an extra year to develop in the system and three years of eligibility, it could be a big acquisition. Don’t be surprised if we hear from Sean Obi again when he arrives at Duke, and once Jahlil Okafor (likely) opts for the NBA after one season, the former Rice big man could be crucial.