Chinonso Obokoh Signs Onto Orange

6'9" forward/center Obokoh turns his verbal commitment into an official signature, giving a window into why he chose the Orange and what this special moment feels like for him.

The Nigeria-born, New York State high school and AAU player, Chinonso Obokoh, stays upstate, signing on to join the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team in 2013.

"At last," Obokoh remarked. "Everything is over with."

Obokoh said that he knew he was going to attend Syracuse University a week before he went onsite to the Carrier Dome for Orange Madness.

Being on campus only helped cement Obokoh's decision to play for the Orange. "I came there, and being around the guys and being around the program, I felt at home," Obokoh stated. "I felt at home, that's why I think this is the right choice for me."

Obokoh will join other Syracuse commits turned signees B.J. Johnson, Tyler Ennis, and Ron Patterson. Talking with Johnson, Obokoh shared his excitement with Johnson on becoming a member of the storied Orange men's basketball squad.

He will also join assistant coach Mike Hopkins, someone he has been talking to during his process leading up to now signing with Syracuse through his National Letter of Intent.

"I saw him work out with the players and I've been in a couple of camps," Obokoh said. "He's a coach that motivates you, that makes you work hard...that kind of coach I want to work with."

"I'm looking forward [for Mike to] work me out and also see everything they're doing," Obokoh continued.

Obokoh, known for his defensive play, remains hungry to have a better all-around game, open to lessons on how to do that. "I love someone who will challenge me in everything I do," Obokoh said of Hopkins.

Through all that he has been through, including the process of deciding on a school, Obokoh has turned to a very important source in his life.

"I'm big on faith," Obokoh expressed. "I believe that everything that I've ever accomplished, [that] I have right now…is from God. So everything that is happening right now is from God. I really thank God a lot."

"It's been a long journey, and I'm so happy that I made it," Obokoh shared as he officially agreed to don orange and blue in the team's first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

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