Commitment Update: F Andy Ogide

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Paulding County High School (Dallas, GA) 6-8, 215-pound forward Andy Ogide is the definition of a sleeper prospect. He is averaging 28.3 points per game and 13.4 rebounds and has his team bound for the State Playoffs.

The athletic forward was offered by UVA, Appalachian State and Middle Tennessee State. Georgia and Miami were showing heavy interest as well prior to committing to UVA.

“I’m still going to UVA,” he said. One may wonder why he said “still” going. That comes from the fact that he just missed the deadline on the early signing period.

“I didn’t turn my LOI in within the time period,” he said. “I’ll have to sign again in April.”

That begs the question, is he still being recruited by other schools?

“No schools have contacted me,” he said. “Some schools are still calling my AAU Coach, but he tells them that I’m committed to UVA.”

The decision was very simple for Ogide, who knew from the minute he stepped on the Charlottesville grounds that he wanted to be a Cavalier.

“The new arena was a big deal,” he said. “The coaching staff is very genuine and they are doing very well with limited scholarships.”

Ogide’s only official visit was to UVa and he was hosted by J.R. Reynolds. Ogide, who also took unofficial visits to Georgia, Georgia State, and Furman, received his offer from UVa in October when assistant coach Gene Cross came to visit him.

“Coach Cross came and visited me,” he said. “He said he likes my versatility and the fact that I’m a good shooter.”

The talented prospect keeps in contact with Cross and, in fact, just talked to him last night.

“Coach Cross called to see how I was doing,” he said. “He asked me to fill out my application to UVA and get it turned in.”

Ogide has stepped into a leadership role with this year’s team. He averaged 18 points per game last season and has vastly improved on that number. He and his teammates will have a tough game this week against a Clark Central team that seems to always