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Chinonso Obokoh commits to Syracuse

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program received its second verbal commitment from the Class of 2013 on Monday night. According to Scout.com's Mike McAllister, three-star center Chinonso Obokoh announced his decision to attend SU over the Texas Longhorns, Villanova Wildcats, Temple Owls and James Madison.

Obokoh (6'9, 205 pounds) was one of about a dozen or more recruits that attended Syracuse's Midnight Madness on Friday. The Rochester, N.Y., native is expected to be one of those developmental projects for head coach Jim Boeheim and his coaching staff, which has made a living on developing big man.

In fact, the coaching staff's ability to develop players was one of the reasons why Obokoh chose Syracuse, he told McAllister.

"The thing I'm hopeful for is to go in there and work hard," Obokoh explained. "I'm looking forward to playing for Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins.

"They can definitely make me better. That's the whole point. I believe in their system. They can make me better."

Obokoh is SU's second verbal commitment for the '13 class as he joins five-star point guard Tyler Ennis, who announced his commitment during the summer. After this season, the Orange are losing a pair of seniors -- point guard Brandon Triche and forward James Southerland. Obokoh will join a front court that currently features forward Rakeem Christmas and centers Baye Moussa Keita and DaJuan Coleman.