After one year in Ames, Iowa, Okoro will now play less than an hour from home with a Big Ten future in his sights.
"Rutgers is a big name in the tri-state area," said Okoro, who goes by Kerwin. "I was recruited by them out of high school, so it's a place I'm definitely familiar with. Eddie Jordan, I spoke to him and his resume is impressive. He coached at the highest level of basketball and I'm already familiar with some of the players on the team like Kadeem Jack. It was just a perfect fit."
Okoro, who wanted a school closer to his New York home, is excited to find Rutgers so late in the process.
A St. Raymond's (New York) product, Okoro lost both his father and brother in 2012 and wants to be closer to his family after multiple tragedies.
"The main thing is it's close for my mother and my family," Okoro said. "That was the primary thing. It means a lot that my mom can come to my games. I can see her from time-to-time instead of being out in Iowa. It's more convenient and it's something we need."
The family atmosphere at Rutgers and proximity to home sold him quickly. After a phone call with Jordan, who Okoro knows as the former head coach of the Washington Wizards, he was ready to commit.
"He's really a great coach and we talked about how he's ready to get the ball rolling," Okoro said. "He's excited to start working with his team. I'm as anxious as he is."
Because of personal tragedy, Okoro will apply for and is expected to be granted an NCAA waiver to play immediately. Division I transfer students traditionally sit out their first season, but Okoro hopes to get the chance to play this season in front of his family.
Playing in just nine games at Iowa State, Okoro has three years of eligibility remaining and can play either the two or three position for Rutgers.
Knowing what the depth looks like at his position, Okoro said he plans to start from the bottom and earn every minute he plays.
"I mean, I haven't even stepped in a gym with those players yet," Okoro said. "My main thing is just staying humble and going to help the team win games. I don't have a defined role, but whatever it is, I'll play it to my best potential."