Former St. John's forward Obekpa to play for Runnin' Rebels

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former St. John's forward Chris Obekpa is transferring to UNLV and will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels in 2016-17.

From Nigeria, Obekpa led the Big East in blocked shots each of the past three seasons and was fifth nationally a year ago with 3.1 per game. The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 5.8 points and 7 rebounds last season, but was suspended for two weeks in March for violating team rules. He missed the Red Storm's first-round loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament.

Obekpa is St. John's career blocks leader with 321 and holds school records for blocked shots in a season (133) and a game (11).