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Bona's Schmidt makes transfer of Syracuse center official

St. Bonaventure basketball coach Mark Schmidt sees center Chinoso Obokoh as a key addition to his front-court for next season.

Bona made the addition of the 6-foot-9 Obokoh official Wednesday. He transfers to Bona from Syracuse University, where he saw minimal time the past two seasons.

"We are really happy that Chinonso has decided to join our program," Schmidt said. "He's a high-caliber player from an ACC program who we think can really help us, especially with our interior defense and rebounding. He also is a very capable scorer from 15 feet and in. He's a smart player who also can help mentor our young post players. It's exciting to add a player of Chinonso's ability."

Obokoh, a native of Nigeria who played at Rochester's Bishop Kearney High School, does not have to sit out a year because he graduated a year early from Syracuse. He has one year of eligibility left.

Obokoh averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 11 games this past season. He was rated the 19th best center in the 2013 recruiting class by ESPN.com before moving on to Syracuse and Atlantic Coast Conference competition.

Bona probably does not need him to be a big scorer. The Bonnies return star point guard Jay Adams and Atlantic 10 sixth man of the year Denzel Gregg. They have transfers Courtney  Stockard, Matt Mobley and David Andoh expected to step into significant roles. But Obokoh is a much-needed addition to the low post, which graduated Dion Wright. Bona returns 6-8 sophomore Derrick Woods.

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