KC Ibekwe Joins Oregon State Men’s Basketball Program
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle and his staff announced Friday the addition of KC Ibekwe, who signed an athletics aid agreement to join the Beaver basketball program beginning with the 2022-23 season.
Ibekwe, a 6-foot-10 post, joins the Beavers as a freshman out of Canada, gaining experience over the summer with the Canadian U18 squad.
He joins a class that includes 6-foot-8 forward Tyler Bilodeau, 6-foot-4 shooting guard Nick Krass, 6-foot-2 point guard Jordan Pope, 6-foot-5 wing Justin Rochelin, 6-foot-7 small forward Jayden Stevens, 6-foot-8 wing Michael Rataj, 6-foot-3 point guard Christian Wright and 6-foot-9 forward Dzmitry Ryuny.
"We're excited to add KC to our team," Tinkle said. "He will add depth for us at the center position. He's 6-foot-10 and a physical presence with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. KC is a great rebounder and a shot-blocker – as we get him into our strength and conditioning program, we think he can pay big dividends for us once he gets acclimated to our system."
Ibekwe, who hails from Coquitlam, British Columbia, most recently saw action for Canada at the FIBA U18 Americas this summer. The post played in all six of the team's games, helping Canada to a third-place finish at the event. Ibekwe averaged 5.2 rebounds per contest, including seven against Mexico in the opening game and eight against Brazil in the semi-finals.
During his Grade 12 season at Centennial School in Coquitlam, Ibekwe averaged an impressive 29 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks per contest.
Ibekwe did not play organized basketball until Grade 9, using his athletic abilities up until that point primarily as a soccer goalkeeper. He is the son of Nigerian Immigrants, and was born in Toronto.
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