Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)

Quickly: Duby Okeke (pronounced Doobie Okay-Kay) was a senior grad transfer who played in 122 games between his stints at Winthrop and Nebraska…Helped his teams win 19-or-more games in each of his four collegiate seasons, including three straight years of 22-plus wins…Totaled 192 blocked shots, as he averaged 1.5 blocks per game in his career with his 7-foot-5 wingspan…Averaged 3.4 points while shooting 63 percent and 3.3 rebounds per game in his collegiate career.

2017-18: Graduate: Okeke provided leadership and depth for the Husker frontcourt, playing in 28 games, including a pair of starts, during his senior season. While he produced modest offensive numbers, his biggest impact came on the defensive end, as he averaged 1.0 blocks and 1.8 rebounds per game, while averaging just seven minutes per contest. Okeke’s defensive efforts helped Nebraska rank seventh nationally in blocked shots.  His best performance came in a win over No. 14 Minnesota, when he had a season-high four points, three rebounds and three blocked shots in a season-high 16 minutes of work. It was one of seven games on the year when he had multiple blocked shots. Okeke showed his defensive prowess against Rutgers with a season-high four blocked shots and four rebounds in just six minutes of work. He grabbed a season-high five boards and blocked a pair of shots in 12 minutes in the win over Boston College and had two points, three rebounds and three blocked shots in 10 minutes in the win at Northwestern.

Before Nebraska
Okeke spent the previous four seasons at Winthrop for Coach Pat Kelsey, helping the school post a 68-29 record in that span, including a 26-7 mark in 2016-17 when the Eagles won the Big South Tournament title and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Okeke played in all 33 games in 2016-17, including 24 starts, to help Winthrop to a 26-7 mark and the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven seasons. He shot 61 percent from the field while adding 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, as he was fourth in the Big South in blocked shots. Okeke totaled a season-high nine points and five rebounds against Florida State and grabbed a season-best nine boards against Manhattan. He also had 14 games with at least two blocked shots, including a season-high four on two occasions to help Winthrop lead the Big South in field goal percentage defense (.408).

As a sophomore, Okeke led the Big South in blocked shots at 2.5 per game, a total which ranked 20th nationally. That season, he also set personal bests in both scoring (4.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg), as Winthrop was second in the conference in field goal percentage defense. He reached double figures five times, while shooting 64 percent from the field. Okeke also had 21 games with at least two blocks despite not starting a single game in 2015-16.
During his redshirt freshman campaign, Okeke played 31 games, averaging 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He was third in the Big South in blocked shots per game (1.4 bpg) while totaling three or more blocks on eight occasions. He had a career-high 13 points and five blocked shots vs. Presbyterian on Jan. 8.

Playing for Jonesboro High School and Coach Dan Maehlman, Okeke averaged 10 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game, as he was named honorable mention all-state in Class 4A as a senior in 2013. He also was a first-team 4A all-region selection as a senior and a member of the 2013 GACA South All-Star Team. He was a three-year performer who helped Jonesboro reach the Georgia Class 4A Final Four in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and Sweet 16 appearance in 2012-13.

Duby is the son of Queen and Victor Okeke and was born on Nov. 25, 1994, in Riverdale, Ga. Duby has one brother, Obum, and two sisters, Ada and Juju. Okeke received his degree in sport management at Winthrop in May of 2017. He earned his master's degree as a child, youth and family studies major from Nebraska in May of 2019. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2017.