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Georgia Tech Basketball: Player Preview - Sylvester Ogbonda

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Georgia Tech's first commitment for the 2015 incoming class, Ogbonda brings size, athleticism and a reputation as a formidable defensive player.

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As basketball season approaches, we at FTRS will be breaking down the team player by player. Today, we take a look at Sylvester Ogbonda.


Ogbonda played for National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland.  He was rated a 3-star by all the major recruiting services and as high as the #26 center nationally.  He is still learning to play basketball, but, as Valedictorian of his high school class, he has the smarts to learn the system at Tech.  He chose Tech over Boston College, LaSalle, and Cincinnati.

From his player profile: Ogbonda  helped NCA to a 20-6 record last year, averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.  He was named third-team All-Metro in the DC area.  He was MVP of the Nike Hoops Festival in 2014-15.  As a high school junior, he averages 12 points and ten rebounds per game.

This year

For this season, Coach Gregory already has a rotation in place down low with three seniors and a sophomore.  Unless one of these four misses significant playing time, Ogbonda will likely begin the season in a deep backup role.  Given past experience, Gregory will try find playing time for Ogbonda during the Out of Conference portion of the schedule, and give him a chance to see real competition.  Once the ACC schedule begins, he will likely get few chances unless injuries, or foul trouble for guys ahead of him on the depth chart, dictate otherwise.