Visitor Profile: Sean Obi

The need for size will be the primary theme for the remainder of the recruiting effort in the class of 2015. Duke has been linked to a number of rising seniors, but will take a different path this weekend in hosting former Rice big man Sean Obi on an official visit. Here's a rundown of the situation heading into the weekend.


Name: Sean Obi
Vitals: 6-foot-9, 265 pounds
Position: Center
Statistics: 11.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game for Rice.

Scouting Report: A space-eating big man who establishes position and is tough to push off the blocks. He plays below the rim on both sides of the ball, but understands positioning and uses his frame to his advantage. Defensively he doesn't protect the rim as a shot blocker, but does clog the lane and is ferocious as a rebounder. A player who is still developing an offensive repertoire with regard to post moves.

Notes: Obi shot 58.7 percent from the floor on the season. His PER (player efficiency rating) was 21.5 and he averaged 17.6 points and 14.0 rebounds per 40 minutes.

Duke, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Northwestern, and other elite academic programs are working on earning official visits from Obi before he makes a decision. Despite interest from academic power programs on the west coast such as Stanford and Cal, the Nigerian native has focused his search closer to his Connecticut home away from home.

Following the trip to Duke, Obi will head to Chicago during the second week of May to visit with former Blue Devil assistant Chris Collins and his Wildcat program. On the Blue Devil recruiting front, head coach Mike Krzyzewski called Obi earlier this week for an initial interview and "get to know you" conversation.

We covered the latest inside tidbits on Obi in this week's TDD Review Volume 160

The Blue Devils will begin the 2014-2015 season with freshman Jahlil Okafor and redshirt sophomore Marshall Plumlee as the two centers on the roster. Okafor is expected to depart the program after a few months for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Duke with a fifth year senior Plumlee as the only player over 6-foot-8 on the roster for the 2015-2016 season.

Enter the class of 2015 and, potentially, Obi.

Right now Duke has offered Nevada five star power forward Chase Jeter and four star Wisconsin forward Henry Ellenson. Ellenson was offered in the last 10 days, whereas Jeter has been recruited for several months and has already taken an official visit to Durham. He has publicly called Duke his leader since returning from that trip.

With five star small forward Luke Kennard already committed, Duke will likely look to add two more players in the class with the emphasis on adding size and post presence. Jeter has indicated he'll make decision before the summer, while Obi will make a decision before the end of May.

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