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Men's Basketball Opens Spring Signing Period by Inking Jackson, Obaseki

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/13/2011
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D.J. Jackson (left) and Kris Obaseki signed NLIs on Wednesday.
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TULSA—High schoolers D.J. Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Kris Obaseki (Rosharon, Texas) have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play basketball at Oral Roberts in 2011-12, ORU head coach Scott Sutton announced on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

Jackson, a 5-11, 175-pound combo guard, is completing his senior year at Archbishop O’Hara High School. Obaseki is a 6-9, 180-pound forward who recently finished his senior season at Manvel High School.

“We’re excited to be able to sign two guys in the late period who have a chance to be outstanding players for us,” said Sutton. “Obviously we needed to address our point guard situation, and with D.J. we really picked up an outstanding point guard who can come in and compete for playing time and eventually run the team.

“As far as Kris is concerned, we’ve been successful in the past in taking players that needed some time to develop physically and once he does, he has a chance to be an outstanding player for us.”

Jackson earned first-team 3A All-State and second-team all-metro honors from the Kansas City Star after averaging 21 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals per game as a senior. He shot over 54 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line on his way to being named conference player of the year.

“D.J. is a true point guard with shooting guard skills,” said Sutton. “He can run a team and makes players better around him. At the same time he can score, which I always like from a point guard. He’ll be a very strong player physically once he gets in our weight program and begins working out more regularly.”

Once Jackson arrives on the ORU campus he will join fellow Kansas Citians Michael Craion (Ruskin HS), Dominique Morrison (Raytown HS) and Roderick Pearson (Raytown South HS) on the Golden Eagles’ 2011-12 roster. Jackson chose ORU over Southern Illinois, Wichita State and UMKC.

Obaseki helped lead Manvel to a school-record 22 wins (22-14 overall) and was named all-Brazoria County as a senior by averaging 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game despite missing eight contests with a broken hand. As a junior, he earned 2nd-team all-district honors for the Mavs after averaging 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds.

He has been selected to play in the Greater Houston Area Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game on May 5.

“His upside is extremely high,” said Sutton. “Kris is a very skilled player for his size. He already has impressive perimeter abilities, especially for someone who’s six-foot-nine. But looking at him you know his best basketball is ahead of him. Has a great feel for the game; he’s instinctive. And he just recently turned 18 so he’s still very young. With his height and length and skills, all he’s lacking is strength.”

Obaseki will be a second generation ORU basketball player. His father, Mychael, lettered two seasons at ORU (1984-86) and later played with current ORU assistant coaches Tom Hankins and Conley Phipps at Northeastern State.

An outstanding student, Obaseki carries a 3.7 grade-point average and ranks in the top 12 percent of his class. He was recently named as a Texas Scholar. He chose ORU over Air Force, Santa Clara, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Wichita State.

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Oral Roberts 2011-12 Men’s Basketball Signees
•    D.J. Jackson, 5-11, 175, G, Kansas City, Mo. (Archbishop O’Hara)
•    Kris Obaseki, 6-9, 180, F, Houston, Texas (Manvel HS)



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