After missing out the entire 2015-2016 season due to a knee surgery, Sean Obi decided it was time to transfer to another program. The 6’9 forward/centre picked Maryland on Thursday and will play immediately since he is transferring as a graduate.
Obi’s time at Duke University was not what he hoped it would be at the time he transferred from Rice University after his freshman season. Obi averaged near double-doubles his freshman year while playing for the Owls at Rice, putting up 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 59 percent from the field. He was also named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team at the end of his first year of college basketball.
Welcome to #TerpNation, Sean Obi!
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) April 20, 2017
The Kaduna-born 255-pounder from Nigeria transferred to Duke the following season and sat-out a year, per NCAA transfer rules. He managed just 10 games his first season at Duke, averaging 0.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in 2014-2015.
Obi is expected to come off the bench as he joins the Terrapins but will be expected to make vital contributions as well. The fact that he did not see action the past season casts aspersions on the extent to which he would be able to produce on the court, but the Terps are betting on him being able to return to the form that saw him average a near double-double his freshman year.
Over the course of 40 college games, at Rice and Duke, Obi has averaged 8.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.