COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has announced the signing of graduate transfer Sean Obi today.
A 6-9, 255-pound native of Kaduna, Nigeria, Obi finished his career at Duke University after transferring from Rice University following his freshman campaign in 2014. Obi, who is set to earn his degree in sociology with a minor in marketing from Duke in May, plans to enroll in graduate school at Maryland in June.
“We are excited to welcome Sean to Maryland,” Turgeon said. “As a graduate transfer, he brings high character, experience and maturity to our team. Sean is a good rebounder and gives us another physical presence inside. He is also a very good student. Sean is healthy and ready to contribute.”
While at Rice, Obi was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team after averaging 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds while playing all 30 games and making 29 starts for the Owls. He led the C-USA and was second among all freshmen nationally in rebounding and ranked fourth in field goal percentage (.591). At Rice, he recorded 11 double-doubles and posted freshman records for rebounds (297) and field goal percentage. Obi was also a member of the 2014 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll."I am very appreciative to have the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland," Obi said. "I want to thank Coach Turgeon and the staff. I immediately created a unique bond with the coaches during my visit. Maryland is a place where I am confident I can make a major impact. The campus is also in very close proximity to where my family lives and they'll be able to come see me play. Maryland is a great University with outstanding tradition and I am very excited to be a part of it. I am looking forward to playing for Coach Turgeon and doing something special with a great group of guys next year."
Obi was a member Duke’s national championship team in 2014-15 while sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Obi appeared in 10 games for the Blue Devils in 2015-16 before an injury sidelined the forward for the entire 2016-17 campaign. While at Duke, he was teammates with former Terrapin standout Rasheed Sulaimon.
Obi led Green Farms Academy (Conn.) to the NEPSAC Class C Tournament title as a senior while posting 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. He averaged 18.2 points and 20 rebounds per game as a junior, recording a double-double in all 23 games.