Just five days after announcing the signing of three junior college transfers, Quentin Brewer (Gordon State), Denzel Dulin (CCBC Dundalk) and Jeffon Powell (Cecil), @BCUHoops announced 7 foot Harvard transfer Ugo Okam would be joining the squad.
Okam saw action for the Crimson’s 2011-12 Ivy League championship team, who made Harvard’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 1946 when it faced Vanderbilt in the second round.
The native of Nigeria has already earned his undergraduate degree in economics and is currently enrolled in Bethune-Cookman’s graduate program. He has a possible two years of athletic eligibility remaining.
He played for Montverde Academy for three years, starting at center, captaining the team in 2010 and making ESPN’s list of the top 100 college prospects.
“I watched him in high school (Montverde) and for Each Teach One, his AAU team,” Craig said. “I thought he had potential to be a good college player with development. He adds size that we haven’t had in a long time. “
Okam will be the first Wildcat 7-footer since Aulcie Perry, who played two seasons from 1971-73 before going on to become one of the greatest players in Israel professional basketball history. Okam also is part of Craig’s effort to shore up the Wildcats underneath with the addition of Delino Dear (6-9) joining Travis Elliott (6-8).
“With all this added size, we’re looking more and more like a Division I team these days,” Craig kidded.
Bethune-Cookman opens its 2014-15 season on Saturday, November 15, hosting Trinity College at 1 p.m. in Historic Moore Gym.