Former Rolla High School standout Obiageli Okafor had her senior season at Tennessee State end before it began.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Rolla High School standout Obiageli Okafor had her senior season at Tennessee State end before it began.
During preseason practice Okafor tore her left Achilles tendon. Okafor has undergone surgery on the injury and will miss the 2008-09 season.
It will be a huge blow for the Tennessee State Lady Tigers, a NCAA Division I team from the Ohio Valley Conference. Okafor, a 5-9 forward, has been the team’s leading scorer and rebounder her first three seasons there.
Okafor, who is on schedule to graduate in May of 2009 from Tennessee State with a degree in psychology, will have the option to redshirt this season and return in 2009-10.
Last season Okafor was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Second-Team. Overall in 2007-08 she averaged 16.9 points (fifth in the conference), 8.3 rebounds (fourth in the conference) and 1.5 steals. She had 11 double-doubles and went over the 1,000-point mark for her Tennessee State career as a junior.
During her sophomore season Okafor led the Lady Tigers in both scoring and rebounding -- 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. And as a freshman she started 18 games and went on to average 11.4 points and 6.3 boards.
Okafor is currently among the top-8 of the Tennessee State career scoring list and among the top-6 on the Lady Tigers’ career rebounding chart.
A 2005 graduate of Rolla High School, Okafor was a Missouri Class 5 All-State selection as well as a Street & Smith’s All-America Honorable Mention pick as a senior, when she averaged 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
Obi Okafor is the daughter of Dr. Anthony and Grace Okafor, of Rolla.
Obi joined her two older sisters as former Rolla High players who went on to play NCAA Division I basketball. Ezi Okafor played at Stanford University while Chinenye Okafor played at Yale.
Ezi Okafor, an All-America player who graduated from Rolla High in 2002, had an injury-marred career at Stanford, including two surgeries to repair torn Achilles tendons.
A fourth Okafor sister, Ijeoma, is currently a player for the RHS girls’ basketball team.