The UCLA basketball team just received a commitment from junior college transfer Ikenna Okwarabizie. The 6’10”, 245 lbs. product out of Sioux City, Iowa had just visited UCLA this weekend and committed to the Bruins this morning.
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According to Bruin Report Online, Okwarabizie was not qualified to play for an NCAA school due to an issue with his high school transcripts from his native Nigeria, forcing him to play at Tyler Junior College for one year. Fortunately, last fall he was cleared by the NCAA and is able to transfer (with three years of eligibility remaining), which we now know will be to UCLA.
Okwarabizie commits to UCLA at a key point when the Bruins front court recently took a literal and figurative loss. Freshman Kevon Looney is declaring for the NBA and earlier this week, the Bruins lost out on big-time recruit center Stephen Zimmerman who committed to UNLV.
The Nigerian native brings in a big body similar to Tony Parker, but looks a little bit more refined than Parker did as a freshman. Though he is not as athletic as Looney in his first year, he will be able to clog up the lane and add some depth to the Bruin big men.
Welcome to Westwood, Ike!