PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 16, 2013) - Rutgers men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan announced today that guard Nkereuwem “Kerwin” Okoro (Bronx, N.Y.) and forward Junior Etou (Upper Marlboro, Md.) have been added to the Scarlet Knights’ 2013 recruiting class.
“We are very excited to add these talented young men to our program,” said Jordan. “Kerwin is a competitive playmaker who brings toughness to the floor. Junior is a skilled and team-oriented player who rebounds and defends with tenacity. Both love to play the game.”
Okoro (6-5, 230), who signed a scholarship agreement, will transfer to Rutgers after spending this past season as a freshman at Iowa State under head coach Fred Hoiberg. He played in nine games for the Cyclones. Okoro arrived in Ames after playing at St. Raymond’s High School, where he helped the Ravens to the 2012 CHSAA title under head coach Oliver Antigua. He had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in the championship game to earn playoff MVP honors. Okoro averaged 15.5 points as a senior to earn his second First Team All-CHSAA honor, as well as First Team All-Bronx accolades from the New York Post.
Etou (6-7, 220), who signed a National Letter of Intent, averaged 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds-per-game as a senior this past season at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., under head coach Joe Wootten. He earned Third Team All-MET honors from the Washington Post and helped the Knights to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and Alhambra Invitational titles. Ranked among the top 150 players overall (139) nationally by Rivals, Etou is a native of the Republic of Congo and is the cousin of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
Okoro and Etou join wing Craig Brown (Miami, Fla.) and point guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) as student-athletes to sign with the Scarlet Knights since Jordan was announced on April 23. Brown averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds this past season as a sophomore at Broward College in Davie, Fla., to earn First Team All-Southern Conference honors. Campbell averaged 12.1 points and 4.0 assists as a sophomore at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2012-13 to help the Blue Dragons to the NJCAA No. 1 ranking during the regular season.