As St. John's enters a key stretch in its quest for an NCAA tournament bid, the Red Storm will be without one of the best shot-blockers in the country.

Chris Obekpa will miss the next 10-14 days after suffering an ankle injury during practice on Monday. An MRI on Tuesday showed a sprain and bone bruise in Obekpa's right ankle.

“Chris is a central part of what we do on both ends of the court. Our team will have to step up collectively in his absence,” head coach Steve Lavin said. “Chris is not only an outstanding defender with shot blocking prowess but his recent offensive contributions have been a significant part of our team's success.