Former Top-50 recruits Okonoboh, Thomas visiting Arizona State next weekend

Arizona State will be visited by a pair of former Top-50 recruits as transfer candidates next weekend when it plays host to Arizona.

Arizona State will be visited by two former Top-50 national recruits next weekend when it hosts Arizona in basketball Jan. 3, according to multiple sources. 

Goodluck Okonoboh, a 6-foot-10, 225 pound sophomore who announced his transfer from UNLV a month ago and just weeks into the start of the season, will be visiting ASU unofficially.

Elijah Thomas, a 6-foot-9, 250 pound freshman post player who announced his transfer from Texas A&M after eight games this season, is visiting ASU officially. 

Okonoboh, who is from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, played in just six games this season for the Rebels, starting two and averaging 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. 

As a freshman in 2014-15, Okonoboh started 29 games and averaged 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds with 2.9 blocks per game. His 90 blocks on the season is fourth most by any UNLV player in school history. He set the Mountain West Conference record for most blocks in a season by a freshman. 

Okonoboh was the No. 48 recruit overall in the 2014 class by Scout, including the No. 6 center prospect nationally. 

This year, Okonoboh's minutes declined with the addition of five-star Stephen Zimmerman, which reportedly in part precipitated his decision to transfer. 

A Lancaster, Texas, resident, Thomas was the No. 50 overall prospect and No. 13 center in the 2014 class by Scout. He averaged 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 9.9 minutes per game this season. 

Thomas is also seriously considering Clemson and Nebraska according to a source close to the recruitment. 

Okonoboh and Thomas are both able to enroll at their transfer designation for the spring semester and be eligible for Pac-12 play in the 2016-17 season. 

ASU has just one scholarship available and can only add one new player for the spring semester. 

The Sun Devils are looking for help from the high profile transfer candidates to replace senior center Eric Jacobsen, as they don't have much in the way of post player reserves. 


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