Physically gifted post player, long and mobile with excellent athletic ability … Runs the floor well and is agile around the rim … Good shot blocker who also blocks out well as a rebounder … Sat out the 2015-16 season as a redshirt, and played just 42 games over the last three seasons … Originally from Nigeria, attended the National Christian Academy in Fort Washington … Rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, and was ranked as high as 26th nationally at the center position … DMVElite.com ranked Ogbonda No. 6 in the class of 2015 (all positions) in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia footprint … Chose Tech over Boston College, Cincinnati and LaSalle.
Backed up James Banks III and Abdoulaye Gueye at the center position, averaging 6.7 minutes, 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10 games … Played 23 minutes against Lamar, two more than he logged all of last season, and set career highs of seven points and nine rebounds … Minutes evaporated once James Banks became eligible (35 total in eight games) … Played 18 minutes in four ACC games … Set to graduate in May, declared his intention to transfer and play his final year elsewhere.
Ogbonda speaks to Georgia Tech’s annual Endowment Dinner in January, 2018
Played in just nine games, six in the ACC, but saw 10 minutes against Virginia Tech and scored seven points with four rebounds, all season highs … Missed a large portion of preseason practice after suffering a sprained knee, and more recently had a sprained ankle.
Played 5.2 minutes per game in 23 games off the bench in the post … Played in eight ACC games … Played 18 minutes in Tech’s NIT games in an effort to give Ben Lammers some relief … Had played 11 minutes over Tech’s previous eight games (four DNPs) … Played eight minutes in the NIT championship game, going 3-for-3 from the floor … Saw significant action in games against Wake Forest and Tusculum behind Ben Lammers after Abdoulaye Gueye was sidelined with a fractured wrist … Played total of 28 minutes, scored 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 FT), grabbed seven rebounds … Set career bests of eight points and five boards vs. Tusculum … Came off the bench to play career-high 14 minutes in relief of a foul-plagued Lammers at Wake Forest (5 pts, 2 reb, 1-2 FG, 3-4 FT) … Had five points, four rebounds in nine minutes vs. Alcorn State, his previous highs … Blocked three shots against North Carolina A&T.
Sat out the season as a red-shirt after averaging 12.7 minutes in three games on Tech’s August trip to the Bahamas … Averaged 6.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while hitting 8-of-12 shots from the floor … Went 6-for-7 and scored 13 points in game 2 vs. Providence Storm.
Ogbonda played for coach Trevor Brown and helped National Christian to a 20-6 record as a senior, averaging 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game … Named third-team All-Metro in the Washington, D.C., area, and earned spots on the D.C. roster for both the Capital Classic and the Crab Classic following the season … MVP of Nike Hoop Festival in 2014-15 … Averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game in helping NCA to a 14-8 mark in 2013-14, and six points and six rebounds as NCA went 22-7 in 2012-13 … First-team All-Capital Beltway Athletic Association in 2013-14, and was named the league’s defensive player of the year … Played AAU ball for the DC Warriors … Valedictorian of his high school class.
Full name is Sylvester Chimela Ogbonda (pronounced “oh-BOND-uh”) … Born January 11, 1996 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria … Son of Joel and Irene Ogbonda … Third of four children — Steve, 27, Stephanie, 23, Shelter, 17 … Began playing basketball at age 14, came to the United States at age 15 … Enjoys singing and playing video games … Majoring in business administration.