Rice University signs Greenwich resident Obi for hoops team

Rice University head men’s basketball coach Ben Braun announced the signing of 6-9 forward Sean Obi (Kaduna, Nigeria/Green Farms Academy [Connecticut]) to a National Letter of Intent in the early signing period.

“Sean is a tremendous presence in the post,” Braun said. “He is an exceptional rebounder and consummate team player. He is also an outstanding young man and excellent student who will greatly impact our program.”

Obi lives with Greenwich residents Steve and Bobbi Eggers.

“This is a marvelous opportunity for Sean,” said the Eggers. “To be able to come from Kaduna, Nigeria, go through high school at Green Farms and now go to this outstanding university is the stuff dreams are made of. He has worked hard for this and he deserves to have the brilliant future that lies ahead.”

As a junior, Obi led the nation in rebounding with 20.0 boards per game to accompany an 18.2 scoring average for coach Doug Scott. He notched a double-double in all 23 games last season and led Green Farms Academy to the NEPSAC quarterfinals with an 18-5 record. He is ranked as Connecticut’s No. 2 player in his class by ESPN.com and has a streak of 45 consecutive double-doubles dating back to his sophomore season.

“Rice is such a wonderful school and everyone has been so supportive,” Obi said. “I am looking forward to playing for Rice.”

Obi played for the AAU Connecticut Basketball Club alongside current Detroit Piston Andre Drummond. In his sophomore year at Green Farms Academy, he tallied 20.6 points and 15.7 rebounds per game.

The 245-pound forward from Connecticut’s Green Farms Academy is the fifth member of Rice’s 2013-14 class, joining 6-5 wing Drew Bender (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle High School), 6-8 forward Denzel Davis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep), 6-10 center Andrew Drone (Junction, Ill./Gallatin County High School) and 6-3 guard Marcus Jackson (Acton, Calif./Pacific Hills High School).

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