JSBL Spotlight: Kerwin Okoro

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Nkereuwem "Kerwin" Okoro needed a fresh start after suffering multiple personal tragedies during his freshman year at Iowa State. Finding a spot much closer to his New York home, Okoro spoke 1-on-1 with ScarletReport.com about why Rutgers is the perfect fit.

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Nkereuwem Okoro's father and brother both passed away during his freshman year at Iowa State, making him look closer to home for the final three years of his college eligibility.

Okoro, who goes by Kerwin, set his sights on Rutgers shortly after Eddie Jordan took over the program and his early thought is that the school is a "perfect fit."

"It feels really good to be at home," Okoro said. "I get to see my mother a lot more. It's convenient. I have a better support system here. It's just a better situation for me. It's perfect."

Okoro played his high school basketball in New York at St. Raymond's and has pre-existing relationships with many players on the roster. Okoro is also friendly with class of 2014 commits Bishop Daniels and Dwayne Foreman.

"I've known Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack since high school," Okoro said. "They're both great basketball players. I'm meeting the new guys on the team and everybody's really cool. Everybody, not just basketball wise, but with their personalities is a good fit together."

At Iowa State, Okoro did not see a lot of action because of the deaths in his family during the season. He is eligible to play immediately via NCAA transfer waiver, however, and sees a chance to start strong.

"I feel like people are doubting us a little bit, but I feel like we're capable of making a lot of noise this year, honestly," Okoro said. "It's only summertime now, though, and we still have a lot of work to do before we think about the season."

Okoro is building a strong relationship with head coach Eddie Jordan.

"Eddie Jordan is great," he said. "He's very wise about the game. He's getting us on the right page really fast and doing a great job for me. I'm working closely with Coach to understand how we're going to play this year. I'm enjoying my classes and everything."


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