London-born recruit ready to be next Joey Rodriguez

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU made worldwide headlines with their run to the Final Four. Now a recruit who knows something about traveling the world has become the first player to sign with VCU since the memorable run in the tournament.

6-4, 185-pound point guard Teddy Okereafor out of Christchurch School in Saluda, VA signed with VCU on Sunday.

Originally from London, England, Okereafor came to the Commonwealth last fall to finish his high school career at Christchurch School under the guidance of Head Coach Ben Thompson. Since his arrival, he has become one of the top players in the state and helped his squad to one of its best seasons ever, reaching the state semifinals in March.

Okereafor comes from a basketball family. His father and brother both played the game, and his mother runs a youth club in London.

He chose to come to VCU because he knew there would be a void at the point guard position with the departure of Rodriguez.

Okereafor had his official visit to VCU this past weekend.  He arrived on campus Friday, met the team, and made the official decision Sunday that he would be going to play on Broad Street. Okereafor was named Virginia Prep League Player of the Year and First-Team All-State after pouring in 13.1 points per game and dishing out 7.2 assists per game for the Seahorses. He led his school to a 23-6 overall mark and perfect 14-0 in the Virginia Prep League. Prior to coming to Virginia, he was a member of the U-18 England National Team.

In only one season in the country, Okereafor became a hot recruiting target, drawing interest from Clemson and Virginia out of the ACC, as well as Georgetown out of the Big East. Those schools did not offer Okereafor, because they weren't sure he was going to be available next year. But because of his schooling in London, Okereafor was able to graduate a year early.  Instead of waiting for those ACC and Big East schools, he wanted to join VCU now.

Okereafor said that even if VCU had not gone on the Final Four run, he still probably would've chosen the Black and Gold.  But if Shaka Smart had left for another job, that would be a different situation. Okereafor said that Smart told him before the Sweet Sixteen game against Florida State that he was not going to leave VCU for another job.

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