Joel Okafor’s immediate future includes representing Indiana in its annual series against the Kentucky All-Stars.
After that, it will be on to college basketball. But it will not be at Green Bay.
Okafor has been granted his release from the Division I school in Wisconsin, said Richmond coach Joe Luce.
Okafor signed a letter of intent to Green Bay in November. Brian Wardle has since left as head men’s basketball coach at Green Bay and was recently hired to lead the Division I program at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Linc Darner was tabbed as Green Bay’s newest head coach earlier this month.
“He had a chance to visit with coach Darner. Coach Darner was great with him,” Luce said of Okafor. “He is at this point waiting to figure out what the next step is going to be as far as his college career. It was definitely a first-class situation as far as how Linc Darner handled him, and has given Joel the opportunity to explore his options and make a decision on what’s best for him.”
Okafor was one of 14 players named the Indiana All-Star team on Monday. He is the 15th from Richmond to earn that distinction, and the first in a decade.
Indiana and Kentucky will play their two-game series June 12 in Lexington and June 13 in Indianapolis.
Okafor averaged 15.2 points per game as a senior and finished eighth all-time in scoring for the Red Devils with 1,092 career points.
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