BERKELEY, Calif. – California head men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced the signing of Kingsley Okoroh to a National Letter of Intent. Okoroh, a 7-1, 260-pound center, is the first signee of the Cuonzo Martin era at Cal.
“I like Kingsley’s ability to block shots and protect the rim,” Martin said. “He continues to make great strides with his offense. Kingsley has great size at 7-1, 260 pounds and has the chance to get bigger and stronger in our strength and conditioning program. I think he has a bright future in front of him and has a chance to be really good.”
A native of Derby, England, Okoroh played this past season for head coach Jai Steadman at Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Ariz., where he averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and four assists per game.
Okoroh originally attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., where he played alongside current Cleveland Cavaliers forward and 2013 No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett, before traveling back home to England to complete high school. He returned to the United States to attend Westwind Prep for a post-graduate year.
Okoroh is ranked as the fifth-best prospect in Europe by ESPN’s recruiting services.
Okoroh also has four years of international playing experience as a member of England’s junior national team. In nine games at the 2013 U18 European Championship (Division A) in Latvia, he averaged 8.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game. His best outing was a 16-point, 15-rebound performance during a 71-58 win over Ukraine.
At the 2011 U16 European Championship (Division B), Okoroh earned All-Tournament Team honors after leading the tournament in both rebounding (11.4 rpg) and blocks (4.3 bpg).In March 2011, Okoroh was one of 40 elite European players to receive an invitation to the Jordan Brand Classic event in Surrey, England.