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Chris Otule - C, 6'11, 260
Signed in France - Signed with Strasbourg
       Date of birth: 01/04/1990
       Country: USA/Nigeria
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: Marquette
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

11th July, 2014 Turkey Signed a one year contract with Mersin.
8th August, 2014 Turkey Left Mersin.
8th August, 2014 Germany Signed a one year contract with Crailsheim.
2nd June, 2015 Germany Signed a one year contract with MBC Weissenfels.
9th August, 2016 France Signed a one year contract with Antibes.
30th May, 2017 China Signed a one season contrac with Henan.
3rd July, 2017 France Signed a one year contract with Strasbourg (to join after completion of Chinese NBL season).
When: Where:
2008 - 2014 Marquette (NCAA)
July 2014 - August 2014 Mersin (Turkey)
August 2014 - June 2015 Crailsheim (Germany)
June 2015 - June 2016 MBC (Germany)
August 2016 - May 2017 Antibes (France)
May 2017 - September 2017 Henan (China, NBL)
September 2017 - present Strasbourg (France)
From blog:

   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 2: Eastern Region

I'm guessing here, but I suspect the left eye is the fake one.

[...] Further complimenting those two is junior college transfer Jae Crowder, who gives Marquette an easy Lazar Hayward replacement. Crowder, listed with small forward size at 6'6 225lbs, plays more of a power forward's game. He makes shots in the interior and from mid-range, but is also capable of stepping out for a three, and is efficient from all areas. He's also a good passer and smart player, who plays energetically and athletically on the defense end. If he could dribble better, he'd tick pretty much every box. As far as size goes, there are few bigger than Crowder's backup, freshman Davante Gardner, who is listed at 6'8 290lbs and who may well be more than that. Gardner does all the things you'd expect from one so big - posts, pushes, fouls, sweats, rebounds, fouls again, fatigues, forgoes the perimeter on both ends, and simply does not get moved off the spot once he's got it. He is a very intriguing offensive player with good touch, better footwork and great hands, but he may have to ditch about 35 of those listed pounds to fully realise it. And even bigger still is sophomore centre Chris Otule, who, after 85 minutes and a redshirt in his first two seasons, has finally become a big piece of the puzzle. At 6'11 and 260lbs, Otule is a monster of a man in the middle, a strangely sub-par rebounder but a prolific shotblocker who must not be challenged. He plays defense with his size, not his feet, and has a pretty terrible foul rate as a result, yet his unquestioned size is an asset on its own. He has also progressed somewhat offensively, still unable to catch (for reasons outlined below), yet able to create spacing and finish in the post, as well as running the court fairly well for one so large.

Otule is the only player in the whole tournament to have only one working eye. The other is artificial. Fun fact. If Dick Vitale founds this out, it's game over.

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   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 1: NCAA Centres

Looks like a cross between Bill Cartwright and Horace Grant.

Chris Otule, Marquette, Senior, 6'11 275lbs

2013/14 stats: 17.9 mpg, 5.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 0.2 apg, 0.1 spg, 2.0 fpg, 1.2 TOpg, 59.1% FG, 55.0% FT

Otule just completed his sixth season with Marquette, and easily his best. It was a much better season than the basic stats above suggest, too. In a centre tandem with the aforementioned Davante Gardner - the two were never destined to play together for any length of time - Otule would start halves to set a defensive tone before Gardner came in to carry the bench scoring. The duo combined to form a fine offense/defense pairing, the Golden Eagles able to turn to either depending on what the situation called for. And the duo are also pretty much complete opposites.

A rebounder, shotblocker and paint defender, Otule has battled injuries and overcome disabilities to become quite the defensive anchor. Said disability is his vision. Otule is blind in one eye and wears a prosthetic, and also has limited vision in the other. This inevitably hinders his game - sometimes, he just doesn't see things. Otule struggles to both pass and catch the ball in part due to this, and the lack of depth perception also hinders his shot making talents. In addition to this, Otule has broken both feet and torn an ACL, the very reasons he has been at Marquette since the mid 1990's. He was slow before, and none of this made him any faster.

Nevertheless, despite missing so much time over his six seasons, Otule still developed as a player. Arriving as a skinny, rather clueless project, Otule has grown much stronger, and improved his footwork and defensive awareness to become a solid post option on both ends. He is exclusively a post option - there is no speed, jumpshot beyond about 8 foot, handle or perimeter defense, leaving the paint only to screen. In the post, though, he has the improved footwork to go to a right handed hook shot, complemented by a very occasional short range jumpshot. Otule's touch is thoroughly unsure and his catching and passing abilities all poor, hindered as ever by the eyes, yet it is hard to miss to from one foot, and he is tough to keep outside of that range.

Otule is also an improved defensive player, the end of the court on which he performs best. He is a tough and disciplined man to man post defender, who is unafraid of the contact, who boxes out well and often, and who readily steps in to take a charge. He is an effective post defender in limited minutes (the fouls rather condemn him to limited minutes), even stepping out fairly well for one so big. Otule steps up to fill the lane and has much improved his awareness as a help defender. The fouls and the lack of foot speed leave him exposable in certain matchups, yet for a few minutes at a time, Otule is a big hindrance to the opposition in the paint.

To add to that, Otule plays hard, and is fairly consistent. It is easier to be consistent when you only bring about four skills to the table and none of them involve much finesse, yet it is nevertheless a rare enough skill to be notable. Somewhere on this here planet, Otule will get his. It will only ever be in a limited role, and his career is likely on a timer due to the toll injuries have already taken, but Otule has a role to play, and he knows what it is. (It might even be as a jump ball specialist - Otule wins about 90% of the jump balls he is involved in. Fun fact.)

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Signed in France


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