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Kezie Okpala

SportStar Of The Week | Esperanza | Basketball | Senior •

Okpala closed out a stellar Aztecs career with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Esperanza to the program’s first state title in its first appearance. Esperanza wasn’t fazed in the least by the big court of Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, shooting 52.3 percent and building a 17-point first-half lead over Moreau Catholic-Hayward. The Mariners battled all the way back to take a second-half lead before Okpala and teammate Brendan Harrick helped close out the win for the Aztecs.

Okpala is a 6-foot-8 small forward signed to Stanford. He was a Top 40 national recruit for his class, according to

“He’s a good player,” Moreau Catholic All-State guard Damari Milstead said of Okpala after the game. “He’s good on the defensive end; he rattled me. On the offensive end, he got teammates the shots and he chose his shots really well. He’s a good player.”

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