PW and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this week that NU was pursuing Obi—who averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in his freshman season at Rice.
The Wildcats would accept Obi despite their focus on fifth-year players. He's a desirable candidate: Duke and Vanderbilt are among the other interested schools.
Obi chose to leave Rice after Mike Rhoades was hired as the new head coach. He will need to sit out for the 2014-15 season, but stands to improve even more by his sophomore season.
This would fill a crucial need for NU, which lacks a true power forward on its roster. Chris Collins and the staff can address this for the 2015 recruiting class, but Obi is already a proven player.
Though the fifth-year situation remains quiet, the Wildcats are reportedly also pursuing Dayton transfer Alex Gavrilovic.
PurpleWildcats.com will have more as the situation develops.