Oral Roberts Forward Kevin Obanor to Transfer to Texas Tech

This is a big deal and am sorry that it’s taken me this long to type up, as Oral Roberts forward Kevin Obanor (6-8/225) decided to transfer to Texas Tech. Obanor was down to Texas Tech and Arkansas and ended up choosing the good guys.

In fact, Obanor has already signed a financial aid agreement and is actually official. Last year Obanor averaged 18.7 points a game on 50.3% shooting, 46.3% from the three-point line, 87.5% free throw shooting, while averaging 9.6 rebounds last year. The other stats are a bit less than important because he’s not a passer, only 1 assist a game, and isn’t a shot-blocker, less than a block a game, but that’s not what he does well.

Obanor burst on the scene last year when he scored 30 points last year to upset Ohio State while grabbing 11 boards, then scored 28 against Florida and again grabbing 11 boards, but then fell to Arkansas and scoring 12, also grabbing 11 boards.

Last year at Oral Roberts, Obanor was incredibly talented, and would guess that the two-man game between Obanor and teammate Max Abmas was a site to see. Obanor is an elite rebounder, has a low turnover rate considering the time he plays. His Box Plus/Minus is excellent, but it is Obanor’s shooting is what sets him apart.

Abanor makes 57% of his close two-pointers, makes 45% of far two-pointers, and 45% of three-pointers, all of those things are elite for the most part (except for the close two-pointers). Texas Tech has needed guys that can shoot and depending on the offense we see, I think he’ll be able to shoot from the outside without impunity and Texas Tech definitely needs that.

A huge pick-up for Mark Adams. And it appears that the Arkansas fans are salty at best at losing Obanor to Texas Tech, what they consider an inferior program. College sports is fun.

The eligibility chart is below and as a handful of you pointed out that Marcus Santos-Silva is a super-senior so his scholarship doesn’t count against the 13 scholarship limit. Thus, there’s still room for 1 more scholarship!

Eligibility Chart

Position Player 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
Guards Clarence Nadolny | (6-3/195) | JR
Mylik Wilson | (6-3/175) | SO
Ethan Duncan | (5-11/160) | FR WO WO WO WO
Versatile Wings Adonis Arms | (6-6/205) | SR
Davion Warren | (6-6/210) | SR
Scoring Wings Terrence Shannon, Jr. | (6-6/210) | JR
Chibuzo Agbo, Jr. | (6-7/215) | SO
Sardaar Calhoun | (6-6/220) | JR
Inside Wings Kevin McCullar | (6-6/195) | JR
KJ Allen | (6-6/215) | SO
Kevin Obanor | (6-8/225) | SO
Bigs Marcus Santos-Silva | (6-7/250) | SR*
Bryson Williams | (6-8/230) | SR
Daniel Batcho | (6-11/245) | SO
TOTALS 13 8 4 1 0
Kyler Edwards | (6-4/200) | SR TR
Mac McClung | (6-2/186) | SR *NBA
Micah Peavy | (6-7/172) | SO TR
Jamarius Burton | (6-4/210) | JR TR
Tyreek Smith | (6-7/215) | SO TR
Vladislav Goldin | (7-1/220) | FR TR
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