MACOMB, Ill. - The Fighting Leatherneck men's basketball program has inked its second commitment for the 2012-13 season in JUCO transfer Michael Ochereobia. Ochereobia joins high school recruit and fall signee John Schneider at Western Illinois.
Coming out of prep school, ESPN's Recruiting Nation described Ochereobia below...
"Ochereobia has a phenomenal, college ready body with long arms, wide
shoulders, great muscle mass, and definition in both his upper and lower
body. He is exceptionally strong and equally physical. He loves to bang
inside the paint and is consequently a very good post defender."
The 6-8, 260 pound center joins the Leathernecks after playing at Highland Community College where the Cougars put together a 51-16 record during Ochereobia's two years.
"I decided to join Western Illinois because during my on-campus visit I instantly clicked with the team and the coaching staff," said Ochereobia. "Out of the few schools that were interested in me -Western Illinois, Central Michigan, and Georgia State- Western is where I felt the most comfortable. I knew I would fit into the Leathernecks' program and am excited to join the team next season."
Last season the Hackney, England native and the Cougars concluded the year 26-8. Ochereobia averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field.
As a freshman, Ochereobia averaged 6.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while connecting on 63% of his shots and Highland finished the season 25-8.
Ochereobia was also a member of the Great Britian U-20 National Team in 2010.
Head coach Jim Molinari discussed what the JUCO transfer will bring to Leatherneck basketball.
"We are excited about signing Michael Ochereobia," said Molinari. "He comes from a successful program with tradition in Highland Community College, and he has been a part of a winning program during his two years there. Michael brings size, strength, and a real inside presence. He should be able to score around the low block, and provide us with rim protection on defense. He has also done well in the classroom, which is something that is very important to our program, and Western Illinois athletics as a whole."