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June 1, 2012Long, arduous mountain climbs can be satisfying. Sure it is difficult, trudging work that drains both mental and physical energy to the bottom of the gas tank.
All that hard work is done with the the belief, the hope that the mountain will be conquered. The top will be reached. An ending will arise and all muscle pain will temporarily wither away amidst the inherent relief such a pinnacle brings.
That was the plan with Christopher Obekpa. Of course the work was hard. Of course the investment was big, both hours and travel time, but the end result would absolutely justify the means.
Obekpa will be a difference maker on the defensive end in college. And when he ultimately, eventually selected University of Cincinnati all former groans and pains would vanish.
Unless he didn't.
Earlier this week the reputable Zach Brazillar of the New York Post tweeted that "I've heard #stjbb is in great shape for Obekpa."
For months now Cincinnati fans have nervously held the belief that UC was going to win this one.
Instead of exclusively recruiting Class of 2013 stars Head Coach Mick Cronin attended every single April game of Obekpa's in Las Vegas.
Assistant Coach Darren Savino has flown out to New York City countless times to watch Our Savior New American High School perform. These were not evaluations. Notes didn't need to be taken.
The Bearcat staff already knew they wanted the lengthy shotblocker. They already knew he would fit their style of play. His defensive timing and leaping ability are perfect complements for a team that wants to press all day.
St. John's might win this one at the buzzer, just as they did January 7th when D'Angelo Harrison slid baseline and Moe Harkless tipped home a winner.
Everybody forgets that Jeremiah Davis hit a corner three-pointer with 8.9 seconds left to tie the game. Maybe UC has a last gasp in them as they did that night.
Thousands of fans watched that live. Kids walked out of the building wondering why their fathers were so downtrodden. Even though this potential loss to St. John's basketball will have much less visibility it might hurt even more.