Tonight, we continue our annual Player’s Profile marathon until we Countdown to Craziness, that will profile each and every Duke player on the roster…
So here is Bermuda Bob’s Profile of #34, Sean Obi …
Sean came to Duke after a Freshman year at Rice, so, after sitting out a year due to his transfer on the Practice Squad, he suited up for his first eligible season last year. While at Rice, he logged eleven (11) “Double-Doubles,” leading his team in Rebounding (26 games) and Scoring (13 games). He also enjoyed Freshman of the Week honours, and was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honour Roll.
Right now, at this point in time, at the beginning of another season, we don’t have the foggiest idea why his potential or prowess was never used last season. He logged only 27 minutes in total !!!
We went to bat for he and Antonio Vrankovic last season, by asking Duke’s 2 “Beat Reporters” why they did not ask appropriate questions like I did in my article where: “I wondered why Coach K was claiming he has a “short Bench” when he had two (2) “Bigs” sitting, perfecting their splinter pulling techniques.”
The Response came from Mr. Wiseman on Twitter, whereupon he claimed that the Coaching Staff’s opinion was that they were not ready for Duke’s level of competition. My logic, which was often the same lament as Dick Vitale, was that if a player earned a uniform, he also had the de facto right to contribute to his team !!!
As you will recall, Duke finished 25-11 overall and 11-7 in conference, for a 5th place tie, ranking #19 overall. Amile was out for the season. Chase Jeter was a huge disappointment. Coach K shook up his Starters, sometimes playing 4 Guards, even after Derryck Thornton left in disgust at midseason.
Hindsight being 20-20 vision, I still have to ask why these guys didn’t get more playing time when they were most certainly needed ???
I never got a satisfactory answer.
Outlook for This Year
Sean is a “wide body” even after slimming down to 255 lbs. this year. I date myself when I say that he reminds me of Wes Unseld of yesteryear. He is the type of player no opponent would want to have to go thru.
I have to believe that when Coach K told him “We need you !!!” during his recruitment, he meant it. I sincerely hope that Coach didn’t mean for him to be just on the Practice Squad !!!
We wish Sean all the best, and look forward to seeing him get some playing time !!!
Thanks for reading !!!
Watch for our next introduction tomorrow …
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