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Chris Obekpa
Chris Obekpa

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria

High School:
Our Savior New American (N.Y.)

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 236

Position:
Forward/Center

As a Sophomore (2013-14)
Saw action in 32 games, including 17 as a starter ... averaged 3.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 20.1 minutes of action ... blocked 94 shots to lead the BIG EAST in swats for the second-straight season ... ranked tied for 11th in the country with 2.9 blocks per game ... finished season as St. John's all-time blocks leader with 227 in just two seasons ... posted four double-figure scoring games ... shot 56.3 percent (54-of-96) from the floor ... swatted at least five shots on seven occasions ... grabbed at least five rebounds in 18 contests ... totaled six points and nine boards at Marquette (March 8) ... pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked five shots against DePaul (March 2) ... posted third-straight double-figure game with 10 points at Seton Hall (Feb. 13) ... matched a career-high with 11 points to record second-consecutive double-figure game in a win against then-No. 12/12 Creighton (Feb. 9) ... finished with 10 points at Providence (Feb. 4) ... totaled seven points, seven rebounds and seven blocks against Marquette (Feb. 1) ... set a career-high with 11 points at Creighton (Jan. 28) ... blocked four shots at Xavier (Dec. 31) to pass Robert Werdann (188, 1989-92) and become St. John's all-time blocks leader ... grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, swatted seven shots and scored six points against Penn State (Nov. 29) ... finished with six points, eight rebounds and six blocks against Longwood (Nov. 26) ... blocked a season-best nine shots against Monmouth (Nov. 22).

As a Freshman (2012-13)
A BIG EAST All-Rookie selection ... earned third team All-Met honors ... led the nation with 4.03 blocks per game and ranked second in the country with a conference-leading 133 blocks ... set new St. John's single-season and BIG EAST rookie single-season block records ... set a St. John's single-game record with 11 swats ... one of four players to appear in all 33 games ... made 11 starts ... averaged 3.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 26.0 minutes ... registered at least five blocks in 11 contests ... posted five double-figure rebounding games ... finished with four points and 10 rebounds at Virginia (March 24) in the NIT Second Round ... blocked seven shots to go with four points and seven boards against then-No. 15/17 Marquette (March 9) ... scored six points and grabbed eight boards at Providence (March 2) ... pulled down 12 rebounds at then-No. 12/12 Louisville (Feb. 14) ... blocked five shots against DePaul (Jan. 30) ... totaled six blocks, 10 boards and three points against Georgetown (Jan. 12) ... grabbed 11 rebounds, swatted five shots and added four points against Rutgers (Jan. 9) ... contributed six points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a win against then-No. 14/15 Cincinnati (Jan. 5) ... filled the stat sheet with nine blocks, seven rebounds, five assists and four points against Saint Francis (N.Y.) (Dec. 15) ... blocked a school-record 11 shots to go with seven points and five boards against Fordham (Dec. 8) ... scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots against NJIT (Dec. 1) ... swatted six shots against Holy Cross (Nov. 21) ... finished with six blocks, five points and three boards against Murray State (Nov. 16) ... grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked eight shots and scored seven points in collegiate-debut against Detroit (Nov. 13).

At Our Savior New American
Ranked as a consensus Top 100 player overall and a Top 20 center ... led Our Savior New American in 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, 13.0 rebounds and 9.0 blocks 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 both the National High School Hoops Fest at DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md., and the Penny Hardaway Hoops Fest in Memphis, Tenn. ... played for the victorious East Squad in the All-American Classic Championship at the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, La., 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 points, 8.0 boards and 5.0 blocks ... 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., in his first scholastic season in the U.S. ... 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. ... also played sweeper on the 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 ... 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 sport management.

Up Close With Chris Obekpa
Favorite food: Rice
Favorite athlete: Hakeem Olajuwon
Occupation if not basketball: Life coach
Favorite subject: Theology
Favorite book: "The Bible"
Favorite movie: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Favorite actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite actress: Kerry Washington
Favorite TV show: "The Big Bang Theory"
Favorite school tradition: Playing at MSG

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