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Nigerian Basketball Player Sean Obi Already Gearing Up for Duke’s Next Season

Scott D. Russo | The Devils Den   in  · ·
April 6, 2015

Duke transfer says this year has benefitted both he and his high profile practice opponent, Jahlil Okafor.

Sean Obi is the baby brother in two families, one in Connecticut, the other in Nigeria.

At 6-foot-9, 270 pounds, he is one big baby _ and he has made some sizeable contributions to Duke‘s run to the national championship against Wisconsin on Monday night without even playing in a game.

Obi is a rare transfer into coach Mike Krzyzewski’s program and can’t play this season due to NCAA rules. He can practice so he gets to go up against star freshman Jahlil Okafor when the Blue Devils scrimmage.

“He tells me, ‘Sean I need you to, if you can hurt me, hurt me. Play me really hard,'” Obi said Sunday. “We do stuff with the coaches after practice. I give him that test every day in practice. He’s definitely benefitted from it. And I have benefitted from it, too.”

Obi has come a long way in a short time, both on the court and off.

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