St. John's Red Storm Need Chris Obekpa For the Season Opener

By Trevor Lowry
St. John's Red Storm
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St. John’s Red Storm‘s Chris Obekpa will be suspended for the team’s two exhibition games, but should be back for the season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers on Nov. 8, according to ESPN. Hopefully Obekpa is back for the opener because St. John’s will really need him in that matchup.

Obekpa was second in the nation in blocks last season, averaging four per game. Nerlens Noel led the country with 4.4 per game, but went down with an injury during the regular season. It is important to know that Obekpa was only a freshman. He also averaged 3.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Wisconsin is known as a great defensive team and that should be the case once again in the 2013-14 season. The Badgers will enter the year by being ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, so St. John’s could get a pretty big win right off of the bat. It will not be easy, though.

St. John’s ended last season with a 17-16 record. The Red Storm will have the talent to win a national championship. Yes, I said it. They may not be predicted to win the Big East, but the talent on this team cannot be denied.

Returning is two players that averaged 14 or more points per game, along with basically every other player. A five-star recruit will also be joining.

Obepka may not lead the team in scoring, but he is very important when it comes to rebounding the ball and blocking shots. Both will be crucial if the Red Storm are going to pull off the upset against the Badgers.

So hopefully Obekpa is back for the season opener, which seems to be the case as of right now.

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