Oleka plans June arrival in Tempe

Junior college transfer Obinna Oleka will join Arizona State for the 2015-16 season after signing a National Letter of Intent with the Sun Devils and new coach Bobby Hurley.

Arizona State's new coaching staff earned Obinna Oleka's respect for its straight talk.

In return, the junior college forward decided to join the Sun Devils on the first day of his official visit to the school Friday. He is available to play in 2015-16 and will have two seasons of eligibility.

"I spoke with them at Buffalo before but it was nothing ever serious, but then when they got to to ASU they called me," Oleka said. "They are genuine. They didn't sell me nothing, it was straight to the point and I just felt comfortable with it."

A 6-foot-8, 240 pound versatile frontcourt addition, Oleka sat out last season while attending Cecil Community College in North East, Maryland, as a redshirt year to focus on academics.

A year earlier, Oleka averaged 25.6 points and 13.6 rebounds at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in 2013-14.

"I loved it," Oleka said of ASU. "Everything. The facilities, the atmosphere, just everything about the school is A-1."

A Washington, D.C., native, Oleka signed with Texas in November of 2013 before being released from that National Letter of Intent because he said he wasn't going to qualify academically.

"It was just too much of a load on my hands," Oleka said. "I was committed to Texas at the time but wasn't comfortable because I still had a lot of work to be done in one semester. I was feeling like it was impossible to get it done. I was too behind in credits and courses I need to graduate. I decided to withdraw and transfer closer to home and getting everything together so I could qualify.

"When I found out that I wasn't going to qualify (in 2014) I got discouraged by it, but then to have it happen now (with the ASU opportunity), I got lucky I guess."

Oleka said he was getting recruited this year by DePaul, Georgetown, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, South Florida and Tennessee, with DePaul, Rhode Island and Seton Hall extending a scholarship offer.

Instead, he'll be at ASU as soon as June 15.

"I'm an all-around player," Oleka said. "I can rebound, score, I play defense, can lock up my man. I feel like I can do anything. I can play any position from the [small forward] to the [center]."


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