Leitao Lands Another Fall Surprise

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Virginia men’s basketball has signed a fourth player to a letter of intent this fall signing period, and it’s not from already verbally committed shooting guard Solomon Tat . Andy Ogide (pronounced oh-gid-ay), a 6-8, 215-pound forward out of Paulding County High School in Dallas, Georgia, is the latest player to sign with the ‘Hoos.

“I’ve signed with Virginia and I’m going to turn it in on Wednesday,” Ogide said. “I went up there to take a visit a few days ago. The campus was beautiful. I liked the academic situation. I liked the new arena and how they’ll have and academic center, a cafeteria, everything we’ll need to take care of business right there.”

Ogide, whose primary recruiter was Gene Cross, estimates that the UVa staff began recruiting him about a month ago. He likes both the coaches and the players.

“Coach Leitao seems like a nice guy and a good coach,” Ogide said. “I think he’s going to push me on the next level, which is what I need.

“The players were real nice. You go to some places and you get the sense that the players are just being nice because the coach told them to, but the players at Virginia seem genuine.”

As a junior last season, Ogide averaged 20 points and 10 boards per game. He earned honorable mention all-state honors for his performance. In two games this season, he is averaging 10 rebounds and over 30 points per contest.

While he has good size, it is Ogide’s perimeter game that stands out.

“He’s 6-8 and he’s very athletic,” Paulding County head coach Joel Boone said. “He runs the floor well. He can play the post and he can play the perimeter. He can really shoot the ball from deep. He’s a really good outside shooter.

“I think he’s a diamond in the rough. He’s going to be 6-9, 225 pounds by the end of his senior year. He’s a great kid. He will graduate from Virginia and be a credit to the University.”

Asked what role Leitao sees him playing,