Red Storm to open hardwood campaign Nov. 8 vs. Badgers at The Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
National top 25 prospect averaged 24.8 ppg for state champ Vaux in Philadelphia, Pa.
St. John's Accepting 2013-14 Men's Basketball Season Ticket Deposits For New Subscribers Beginning Thursday
Season ticket packages start at $300; complete package pricing to be announced this summer.
Obekpa, Greene IV lauded with All-Met third team accolades.
St. John's finishes the season at 17-16, the second winning season of the Steve Lavin era.
Pregame Media Availability: Notre Dame
Postgame News Conference & Highlights: Rutgers 58, St. John's 56
Postgame News Conference: St. John's 77, St. Francis 60
Press conference and highlights of St. John's 58-47 victory over Fordham at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Press Conference Following Win Over NJIT
St. John's men's basketball
St. John's squares off against Villanova in the opening round of the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
No. 15/17 Marquette defeats St. John's 69-67 in overtime at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2013.
St. John's takes on 20/22 Pitt in a noon matchup at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 24.
St. John's defeats USF 69-54 on Lou Carnesecca bobblehead night at Carnesecca Arena on Feb. 20, 2013.
On Obekpa: An intimidating shotblocker and defensive game-changer ... ranked as a consensus top 100 player overall and top 20 center by national recruiting services ... craves defense but boasts an offensive post-up game as well ... a powerful and aggressive rebounder ... an outstanding finisher with a developing 15-foot jumper ... last name is pronounced "oh-BEK-puh."
Steve Lavin On Obekpa: "Chris is one of the more unique talents I have recruited in my coaching career. His stellar shot blocking abilities are as exceptional as any I've seen at this particular stage of a player's development. He brings a game-changing defensive presence that complements our style of play. He has consistently demonstrated a high degree of intelligence at both ends of the court. He is an excellent fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play."
At Our Savior New American: Led Our Savior New American school of Centereach, Long Island, N.Y., to a 25-5 record and a MaxPreps.com national Top 10 final ranking in 2011-12 ... averaged 12.0 points per game, 13.0 rebounds and 9.0 blocks per game as a senior ... named a first team All-American by the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) ... keyed OSNA to the title in the Puerto Rico Hoops Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, with a MVP effort ... named game MVP at the National High School Hoops Fest at DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md., and the Penny Hardaway Hoops Fest in Memphis, Tenn. ... participated in the All-American Classic Championship at the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, La., as part of the victorious East Squad following his senior season ... attended the Jordan Brand International camp in Istanbul, Turkey, in February, 2010 ... participated in the NBA "Basketball Without Borders" camp in South Africa in August, 2010, before becoming a starter on the Nigerian Under-16 national team ... arrived in the U.S. in Sept. of 2010 and keyed OSNA to a 17-10 record as a junior in 2010-11, averaging 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 5.0 bpg ... in his first scholastic season in the U.S., he was named MVP at the Flyin' to the Hoop Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, the Texas Classic in Houston, Texas, and the Scholastic Play-by-Play Shootout in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... authored a standout performance at the Nike LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, during the summer of 2011 ... named to the U.S. East Team for the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Ore. ... a two-sport athlete, he also played sweeper on OSNA's soccer team and was named the squad's defensive MVP.
Personal: Christopher Ewaoche Obekpa ... born in Benue State, Nigeria ... son of Alizabeth Ameh and Prince Gabriel Obekpa ... is one of 10 children ... has six sisters, Nancy, Onyeje (Maura), Ebowo (Ruth), Martha, Rose and Emmanuella, and three brothers, Ofu, Daniel and Joseph ... brother, Ofu, played basketball and soccer at the University of Maine at Machias ... majoring in liberal studies.
Up Close With Chris Obekpa