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Ikey Obiagu transferring to Seton Hall

Florida State Basketball was dealt a blow out of left field a few weeks ago when rising sophomore center Ikey Obiagu announced that he’d be transferring. The move was a shocker considering how Obiagu began to assert himself in the rotation down the stretch of the season and into the NCAA Tournament.

His size and length were vital for the Seminoles interior defense. Obiagu frequently blocked shots or caused the opposition to alter their looks to avoid getting swatted. That helped the `Noles field one of their top defensive units in the last decade.

After leading FSU in blocks as a freshman, the hope was that Obiagu would continue to improve on the offensive end of the floor. He struggled at times with catching the ball and shot just 31.6% from the free-throw line. Obiagu was efficient from the field, shooting 57.9%, but almost the entirety of his shots came from in the paint or right at the rim.

Still, the 7-foot-0 center was expected to gain a larger role while boosting one of the top-returning frontcourts in the country. However, after surprising everyone with his transfer request, Obiagu has decided to continue his playing career at Seton Hall.

He’ll have to sit out for a season unless the NCAA passes a rule that would allow transfers to play immediately if they meet a certain GPA requirement. It’s quite a loss for the Seminoles. They’re going to need someone to step up next season if they’re going to continue to have success on the defensive end of the floor.

Florida State does return Chris Koumadje, Mfiondu Kabengele, and RaiQuan Gray in 2018. Phil Cofer is still waiting to hear if he’ll receive a waiver to play a fifth season. Leonard Hamilton and his staff are also chasing Malik Osborne on the recruiting trail.

Osborne is a forward who is transferring from Rice. He has confirmed to NoleGameday that he’ll be visiting Tallahassee on May 27.

Obiagu becomes the second player to transfer out of FSU this offseason. CJ Walker announced his intentions to transfer shortly after the `Noles were knocked out in the Elite-Eight. He decided on Ohio State and will also likely have to sit out next season.


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