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George Mason transfer guard Baraka Okojie will visit Memphis basketball.

A Canadian basketball standout is visiting Memphis this weekend. (Image Credit: George Mason University Athletics)
By Roman Cleary - April 19, 2024, 5:53 pm - 1 comments

Memphis basketball will have yet another visitor this weekend.

Sources confirm to Bluff City Media that former George Mason guard Baraka Okojie will be on campus this weekend, as first reported by Canadian basketball scout Wesley Brown. A Brampton, Ontario native, Okojie averaged 8.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.8% from the field for the Patriots last season. The 6-foot-3 freshman is currently visiting DePaul before he heads down to the 901 in the coming days.

Okojie reclassified from 2024 to 2023 to play for George Mason, and ultimately made 10 starts and 32 total appearances in 2023-24. His role continuously grew throughout the season, as he averaged 34 minutes per game in the Patriots’ final five outings. This included a 22-point performance against St. Joe’s in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, where Okojie shot 60% from the field to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. But GMU still fell short 64-57 despite the 18-year-old’s phenomenal showing.

Okojie—a former standout for both DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida and Canada Elite on the AAU circuit—also put up 11 points and 3 assists during a Dec. 5 meeting with eventual SEC Regular-Season Champion Tennessee, which advanced to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA Tournament. He enters next season with three years of eligibility remaining.

Memphis is expected to lose Jahvon Quinerly, Nae’Qwan Tomlin, Caleb Mills, Jordan Brown, Jayden Hardaway and Malcolm Dandridge due to expired eligibility. It’s also losing Jonathan Pierre, Jayhlon Young, Carl Cherenfant, Ashton Hardaway and Jaykwon Walton to the transfer portal, so Penny Hardaway must replace at least eight players this offseason with transfers PJ Haggerty, Dain Dainja and Colby Rogers onboard for next year. Okojie would likely serve as a backup point guard if he chooses Memphis.

Forward Nick Jourdain, a rising senior, publicly announced his return to Memphis back in February. The Tigers can also bring back David Jones, Joe Cooper and Noah Stansbury. Four-star guard Jared Harris is the program’s only incoming high school recruit as of now.

Besides Okojie, Memphis has reached out to the following players in the transfer portal:

Southeastern Louisiana guard Roger McFarlane

Texas State forward Brandon Love

BYU center Abou Ousmane

Louisiana-Monroe forward Nika Metskhvarishvili

North Texas forward Aaron Scott (visited Memphis last weekend)

Creighton forward Johnathan Lawson

FIU guard Arturo Dean (Memphis visit postponed)

North Texas guard John Buggs III (Memphis visit postponed)

Morehead State guard Mark Freeman (Memphis visit in the works)

Alabama guard Kris Parker

Jackson State guard Ken Evans Jr.

Villanova guard TJ Bamba (Memphis is one of six finalists)


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