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Memphis basketball’s Baraka Okojie undergoes shoulder surgery, expected to be sidelined for months.

One of Memphis’ new additions is expected to miss most of the Tigers’ offseason workouts. (Image Credit: George Mason University Athletics)
By Roman Cleary - June 17, 2024, 2:04 pm - 1 comments

Memphis basketball’s Baraka Okojie has undergone shoulder surgery and is expected to be sidelined for most of the Tigers’ offseason program, a source confirms to Bluff City Media.

Memphis is currently hopeful that Okojie will be healthy before the regular season and available for opening night against Missouri on Nov. 4 inside FedExForum.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 8.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.8% from the field for George Mason last season after reclassifying from 2024 to 2023. He ultimately made 10 starts and 32 total appearances as his role increased throughout the season.

Okojie, who hails from Brampton, Ontario in Canada, 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 19-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.

Okojie is one of the Tigers’ seven signees from the transfer portal this offseason. The other six are PJ Haggerty (Tulsa), Dain Dainja (Illinois), Colby Rogers (Wichita State), Tyrese Hunter (Texas), Tyreek Smith (SMU) and Moussa Cisse (Ole Miss).

Freshman guards Jared Harris and Daniel Viera-Tuck are also joining the program next season. Forward Nick Jourdain is the Tigers’ only returning scholarship player.

Memphis, which has three open scholarships remaining, is hosting St. John’s transfer Glenn Taylor Jr. for a visit later this week. The 6-foot-6 forward recently re-entered the portal after decommitting from Grand Canyon.


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