April 17, 2011

OKEREAFOR INKS NLI TO JOIN RAMS NEXT SEASON

RICHMOND, Va. – Just weeks after Head Coach Shaka Smart guided VCU basketball into NCAA history, he and his staff have brightened the future of the program with the signing of Teddy Okereafor, a 6-4, 185-pound point guard out of Christchurch (Va.) School.

"The addition of Teddy is huge news to our program and vital to our future," Smart said. "His biggest asset is making his teammates better, which is a trait that all winning players share."

Originally from London, England, Okereafor came to the Commonwealth last fall to finish his high school career at Christchurch School under the guidance of Head Coach Ben Thompson. Since his arrival, he has become one of the top players in the state and helped his squad to one of its best seasons ever, reaching the state semifinals in March.

His ability to make an impact on the Rams immediately turns the point guard spot an extremely competitive position for the Black & Gold. 

"Teddy brings a tremendous basketball IQ to the game and plays with a terrific understanding of pace," Smart said.

Okereafor was named Virginia Prep League Player of the Year and First-Team All-State after pouring in 13.1 points per game and dishing out 7.2 assists per game for the Seahorses. He led his school to a 23-6 overall mark and perfect 14-0 in the Virginia Prep League. Prior to coming to Virginia, he was a member of the U-18 England National Team.

He is described as an outstanding ball handler, who changes speeds well and excels using ball screens, a trademark of the Rams offensive attack. His ability to run and pass in transition makes him an ideal fit for Smart's "HAVOC" style of play.

Okereafor's skills are not limited to the hardwood as he is a terrific student with a 3.5 grade point average. He plans to major in business this fall.

In less than a year in the United States, Okereafor became a hot recruiting target, drawing interest from Clemson and Virginia out of the ACC, as well as Georgetown out of the Big East.

 
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