Charles Okwandu story
Be sure to check out today's New Haven Register for a feature on Charles Okwandu, UConn's 7-foot-1 recruit out of Nigeria. Okwandu is very raw, having played organized basketball for only a few years. In fact, when he played in a Pennsylvania summer league this past summer, it was the first time he had ever played in games with real referees.
Okwandu averaged 6.9 points and 8.4 rebounds last year at Harcum (Junior) College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He often found himself in foul trouble, a product of still learning the game. He can step back and hit the mid-range jumper, and his JUCO coach, Drew Kelly, compares him to former Georgetown star Roy Hibbert.
Okwandu has three years of eligibility at UConn. His first will likely be spent as Hasheem Thabeet's apprentice.