Our Savior New American center Christoper Obekpa has been on the national radar for some time now. Obekpa has offers from five Big East schools and will be taking the first of his official visits this weekend as he makes the short trip to UConn.
A native of Nigeria, Obekpa is a high-energy player who is considered by many to be a power forward rather than a center. In terms of size, at 6-foot-8 he certainly fits better into that position but in terms of skill set his rebounding and defensive ability he seems like more of a center.
He is still raw in terms of actual basketball ability but you cannot teach a player to play with the intensity that he brings to the floor. Other schools in on Obekpa are Cincinnati, Providence, St. John’s, DePaul, Memphis, and Georgia Tech.
Speaking of St. John’s, the Red Storm will be hosting another OSNA product in guard Felix Balamou.
Balamou has flown under the radar from a national stand point but has not avoiding the all-seeing eye of Steve Lavin. He had a good showing at the 2012 Hoophall Classic, scoring 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting in OSNA’s 87-64 win over Mount Saint Joseph.
Also a native of Africa, Balamou is still raw in terms of shooting of ball handling but has athleticism that can be matched by few players. He finishes strong in the lane and almost seems to float at times.
UConn will play Marquette on Saturday, while St. John’s hosts UCLA in a non-conference game.