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Oleka is going to Horns






Ron Bailey, Publisher

The Texas Longhorns get aggressive, increasingly skilled frontcourt performer.


November 4, 2013 - A forward originally from Hyattsville, MD, Obinna Oleka is headed to the University of Texas, where he'll have two years of eligibility. The 6'8", 230 pound junior college standout forward decided on UT this morning, choosing the school over Old Dominion, Southern Miss, Oregon State and Gonzaga.

Why the UT Longhorns?

That's Oleka, working hard on his perimeter skills.

"I mean, I thought it would be the right fit" said Okeka or 'Obie' this morning when asked what distinguished UT from the others. He's set to play a "3/4 (small, power forward mix), and by all accounts Oleka is capable of doing so; an athletic, aggressive rim rocker, he's also worked very hard on perimeter skills, including shooting and ball patting.

"Black helped with that" said Obie of development and his mentor and travel team coach, Lyndon 'Black' Debellotte, a long time hoops player, coach and fixture in D.C.. In fact, Oleka, who before being coached by Debellotte, "thought I was going nowhere", credits his mentor with being in this position: "He just stuck with me, helped me even when I wasn't as good as everybody else. He saw greatness in me since I was 14, even when I didn't see it".

Of his journey, Obie summed "It's crazy...real long. I just stayed through it".

Presently at the College of Florida in Bradenton, Florida, Oleka expects to major in criminal justice at UT.

Twitter's @HoyaNation broke Obie's choice.

The DMV salutes him.

Oleka has become a role model to kids in Northwest, DC.


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