Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Chris Obekpa taking his troubles from St. John's to UNLV: Report

Ex-St. John's defensive standout Chris Obekpa, the nation's fifth-leading shot blocker last season, revealed he will transfer to UNLV.

The troublesome Obekpa announced the news on his Instagram page, and multiple sources confirmed the decision to

The short shorts-wearing 6-foot-10 center will have to sit out next season and will only have one year of eligibility remaining thereafter.

Obekpa averaged six points and seven rebounds last season and blocked at least 2.9 shots per game in each of his three seasons at St. John's, but he also earned a reputation for creating problems.

He was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules prior to the Johnnies' opening-round NCAA tournament loss to San Diego State last March and showed a lack of poise in getting ejected for flagrant fouls last season against Fordham and Butler. The previous spring, he announced his intent to transfer from St. John's only to change his mind two weeks later.

Maybe a change of cities will help Obekpa — even one as distracting as Las Vegas. Obekpa will still have to stay out of trouble for more than a full year before he'll even be able to play.

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