In just his fifth year of playing competitive basketball, O’Connell senior Stephen Osu made another stride in his steady evolution as a player by committing to Presbyterian College on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward made his decision following an official visit to the South Carolina-based campus this past weekend.

“What I first liked about Presbyterian is that they offer the major I’m interested, international studies. I want to be a diplomat,” the Nigerian native said in a Tuesday phone interview. “Then, looking at the roster and talking to the coaches, there’s a chance for me to play as a freshman. After I went there for the weekend, I made up my mind.”

Knights Coach Joe Wootten said Osu, who has been a member of O’Connell’s varsity team since his freshman year, made significant strides on the court this offseason, improving his rebounding skills and ability to finish at the rim.

While observing one of O’Connell’s workouts last month, the Tulsa coaches took notice of Osu and spread word to the Presbyterian coaches. A few weeks later, Osu said a Presbyterian assistant came to O’Connell and offered him his first Division I scholarship. Osu was also being recruited by Howard, St. Thomas Aquinas and NJIT.

“Presbyterian runs an offense similar to what we ran at O’Connell my freshman year. There’s a lot of cutting, and the offense is centered around the top of the key, so I’ll be ready to play in that,” Osu said. “I’ve been working on taking my time in the post, being more aggressive and continuing to be a good defender in the post.”

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