Player Profle: Obi Romeo

Our Player Profile series continues today with freshman shot-blocking post Obi Romeo. We have already profiled Shavar Newkirk and James Demery, leaving Romeo as the final freshman to get a closer look. See what St. Joe's assistant coach Dave Duda has to say about his big man inside.

Obi Romeo moved from Nigeria to the United States in 2011. Moving in with Rick Romeo and family in West Virginia, Obi attended Greenbrier East (WV) High School. Obi played his AAU ball with one of the better-known AAU programs in the Virginia area, East Coast Fusion. Prior to his senior year at Greenbrier East, Obi played in the Reebok Breakout Challenge and several other AAU events, where he caught the eye of the Saint Joseph's coaching staff.

Obi made the call to attend St. Joe's last fall, becoming the fourth and final member of the 2014 Hawk recruiting class. Standing right around 6'10, Obi possesses a wingspan well north of 7 feet, which allows him the opportunity to block and disrupt shots at and around the rim. St. Joe's assistant coach Dave Duda works predominately with the Hawks' big men, and he spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood about Obi Romeo.

"He's probably a bit more raw on the offensive end than expected, but much is very new to him," Coach Duda began. Obi averaged 13 points and 14 rebounds a game as a senior at Greenbrier East. As indicated by Coach Duda, Obi's offensive game is a work in progress, with his scoring at the high school level coming frequently on offensive cutbacks or buckets in the open court. For a big man, he does run the floor very well.

While Obi is still raw on the offensive end, Duda sees some positives through three weeks of practice. "Obi works every day, has a good attitude, and is a good teammate," his coach stated. "Daily improvement will be the key. He needs to keep the arrow pointed in the right direction."

St. Joe's is thin in the front court this year, having lost starters Ron Roberts and Halil Kancevic to graduation last year. Power forwards Papa Ndao and Markell Lodge were recently announced to be sitting out the 2014-2015 season as well. That leaves Jai Williams, Javon Baumann, Obi Romeo, and Isaiah Miles as the four front court pieces for Phil Martelli this season.

Our Player Profile series will roll on tomorrow with star sophomore wing DeAndre Bembry.

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