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Ohio State Transfer Center Commits To Tennessee Basketball

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Ohio State center transfer Felix Okpara committed to and signed with Tennessee basketball on Thursday just two days after officially visiting the Vols, he announced on Instagram.

A 6-foot-11, 235-pound center, Okpara started 34 game for the Buckeyes last season where he averaged 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Okpara is one of the best rim protectors not only in the transfer portal but in the country as a whole.

“We are thrilled to have Felix join us here on Rocky Top. He comes from a great family and is an exceptional teammate whose primary goal is to win,” Barnes said in a statement. “Felix is an elite shot blocker, high-level defender and terrific rebounder.  He possesses the ability to score in the low post, as well as play on the perimeter. A mobile athlete with excellent length who creates space offensively, Felix is a constant threat to get to the rim for a lob. We will do everything we can to help him further develop all aspects of his game.”

The rising junior posted a 10.2% block rate last season, a mark that ranked 18th nationally and better than anyone on Tennessee’s roster.

On the offensive end, Okpara is a strong lob threat and plays with a physicality that makes him an effective finisher at the rim. The Lagos, Nigeria native’s offensive game has room to grow. He doesn’t score at a high clip on post up opportunities and doesn’t have a reliable jump shot at this point in his career. As a sophomore, Okpara shot 59% from both the field and the free throw line.

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Okpara is one of the top players available in the transfer portal, ranking as a four-star and the No. 35 player and No. 8 center in the portal according to 247sports and as a five-star and the No. 28 player in the portal according to

The center originally announced plans to return to Ohio State for his junior season but after the Buckeyes added Kentucky big man transfer Aaron Bradshaw in the portal, Okpara entered the portal himself.

Okpara has an abundance of ties to Tennessee basketball. He was teammates with Tennessee guard Cam Carr in his senior prep season at Link Academy. Before that, Okpara played at Hamilton Heights in Chattanooga, so he has ties to the Volunteer State.

Tennessee assistant coach Rod Clark has a myriad of ties to Link Academy and the Vols have signed three players (Carr, Cade Phillips and Julian Phillips) from the prep school in the last three recruiting cycles.

Landing Okpara addresses a major position of need for Tennessee basketball in the transfer portal. The Vols lost Jonas Aidoo and Tobe Awaka to the portal next season and while Tennessee isn’t shutting the door on an Awaka returning, adding Okpara to the roster makes Awaka coming back to UT unlikely.

Okpara will pair up with sophomore center JP Estrella as Tennessee’s top post options next season. Estrella showed promising flashes in his freshman season and will step up into an even bigger role next season.

The Vols now have four scholarships to work with as Rick Barnes and his staff look to put together Tennessee basketball’s roster for the 2024-25 season. Tennessee lost three players to graduation and four players to the transfer portal while adding four-star prep guard Bishop Boswell and transfer Darlinston Dubar to date.

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