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Obekpa makes his choice

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Just when everybody was starting to wonder if Christopher Obekpa would ever make a decision, he went and made his pick.
The No. 58 player in the class of 2012 ended his recruitment on Monday when he committed to St. John's.
The 6-foot-8 big man from Our Savior New American in New York felt comfortable staying in the NYC area according to Our Savior assistant Eric Jaklitsch.
"Basically he saw that there were so many positive things with going there," Jaklitsch told Rivals.com. "Staying in New York, playing in the Garden, playing in the Big East and playing with guys that he knows well were all big factors.
"He has a support system around and it made sense to do it. It didn't make sense to go away from his home in America."
Long and athletic, Obekpa has a strong frame that is physically ready for the Big East. He is a patient shot-blocker who gets off the floor quick, he has good hands and he can run.
"St. John's is going to be getting one of the best shot-blockers and interior defenders in the country," said Jaklitsch. "He's also one of the top rebounders. He's got a high motor and he can play an uptempo style.
"He's a lot better offensive player than he's ever been given credit for."
The sixth St. John's commitment for the class of 2012, Obekpa is the fourth four-star to join along with Jakarr Sampson, Darrick Wood and juco Orlando Sanchez. Also committed are three-star wings Felix Balamou and Marco Bourgault.
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