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Obekpa suspended for exhibitions

Sophomore to be reinstated for regular season

Sophomore Chris Obekpa will serve a suspension spanning Tip-Off and the two exhibition games to open the season due to a “University policy violation,” the team announced Friday evening.

The 6-foot-9 center will be allowed to practice throughout the preseason and will be reinstated for the first regular season game on Nov. 8 against No. 21 Wisconsin.

“We expect our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in representing St. John’s University,” head coach Steve Lavin said in a statement. “Chris understands this suspension can serve as a learning experience.”

Obekpa led the NCAA in blocks-per-game with an average of 4.03 during his freshman season last year.

The suspension comes after junior D’Angelo Harrison finished last season away from the program for conduct detrimental to the team before being reinstated prior to St. John’s European tour this summer.

A St. John’s spokesman said Lavin would speak to reporters following Friday evening’s Tip-Off festivities.

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Contact: [email protected]. Two years ago, when I was the Sports Editor, Kieran was the first person to express interest in writing sports for the Torch. He’s been taking initiative like that ever since. Since that time, he’s blossomed, first as a sports writer, then doing double duty as the men’s basketball team’s beat writer and the Features Editor. In that time, Kieran has proven to be a top-notch reporter, writer and editor, and has shown a willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected of him. He has everything needed to be a great Editor-in-Chief, and as pressing issues at the University demand serious coverage, I couldn’t be leaving the Torch in safer hands. -Mike Cunniff Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus

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