JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 30, 2016) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Monday that the Buccaneers’ have added transfer Kanayo Obi-Rapu (Greensboro, N.C.) to the team’s roster.
Obi-Rapu, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, played the past two seasons at NCAA Division I Longwood University in Farmville, Va., finishing his sophomore year averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds, while shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Obi-Rapu will sit out this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Bucs beginning with the 2017-18 season.
““We are very excited to have someone with the offensive prowess that Kanayo possesses to join our program,” Forbes said. “Kanayo will benefit tremendously this upcoming year while sitting out working on his strength and skills, learning our system, and competing against the guards in our program on a daily basis.
“Kanayo made 63 three-pointers last year at Longwood while T.J. Cromer made 70 for us. With this being T.J.’s senior year, adding Kanayo to our roster will soften the blow of losing an all-league guard and he will make our practices even more competitive than they are now this year.”
Having played his prep basketball at New Garden Friends School, Obi-Rapu saw the court immediately at Longwood, starting in five games his freshman year and ultimately seeing action in 33 contests. A year ago, he shot 41 percent from the field and 74 percent at the foul line.
Forbes said he was quickly impressed with Obi-Rapu.
“When meeting with Kanayo last week, I came away very impressed with his high character and commitment to academics and community service,” Forbes said. “He told me that he one day aspires to serve the public by being a mayor or a governor.”
Obi-Rapu said it was an opportunity that was meant to be.
“I didn’t pick the school and the school didn’t pick me,” he said. “This was fate and I just allowed it to happen.”
Obi-Rapu joins signees Julian Walters (Madison, Wis.) Jason Williams (Detroit), David Burrell (Milwaukee), Devontavius Payne (Carbondale, Ill.) and Jermaine Long (New Orleans) as members of the Bucs’ 2016-17 recruiting class.
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