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Sylvester Ogbonda
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Sylvester Ogbonda

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Year Redshirt Junior
Experience 1 VL
Height 6-10
Weight 237
Hometown Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Last School National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Md.)
Sylvester Ogbonda

Biography

Career Notes

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.

2018-19

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

2017-18

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.

2016-17

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.

2015-16

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.

High School

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.

Personal:

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.

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