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Kingsley Okoroh has signed his first professional contract with Spanish LEB Gold side Araberri Basket Club.
Completing a four year college career at Cal this summer, the 7’1″ centre finished his collegiate career ranked third all-time among Cal’s blocked shots leaders, and among the Pac-12’s top 10, with 201 career blocks.
Okoroh – originally a Derby Trailblazer – signed with the club last month, and has been with the team through pre-season, where they have gone undefeated in three games.
“We are a young team, but with a winning mentality and ambition,” Okoroh said in the club’s official announcement.
“We have good shooters and that will help me play a lot in the area, I know I have to improve a lot, we are very comfortable with the coach and we have very good chemistry.”
@saenzhoreca @araberri PRESENTACIÓN OFICIAL KINGSLEY OKORO @CoachHerrera1 : "Nos decidimos rápido por él; nos gusta su capacidad atlética, intimidadora y reboteadora" @KingOkoroh : "Somos un equipo joven, pero con mentalidad ganadora y ambición" pic.twitter.com/WIIBasJZ4F
— Araberri (@araberri) September 13, 2018
Araberri Head Coach Antonio Herrera added:
“We decided quickly on him; we like his athleticism, intimidating presence and rebounding ability.”
The former England Under-18 and Under-16 – part of the ‘golden’ 1995 born generation – appeared in all 32 games during his senior year with the Golden Bears, with 17 starts, and averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
Okoroh also had a triple-double in an exhibition over Providence, logging 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks and was named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Watch List for 2018.
Here are some of his best highlights throughout his career at Cal:
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