If a winning record in the regular season, a trip to Las Vegas for the conference tournament and a chance to make a run at the NCAA Tournament werenâ€™t enough to make Andy Ogide happy, maybe the news he received Monday afternoon will be.
Ogide, a forward for the CSU basketball team, was named to the second team All-Mountain West Conference Monday afternoon, an honor he said he was pleased about. The junior attributed his improved defensive game as the reason for the selection.
â€œ(Head coach Tim Miles) told me the difference between being an all conference player this year and not being one last year is defense,â€ Ogide said. â€œI felt like I took charge on the defensive end trying to be more aggressive and be a player that the other team isnâ€™t going to pick at on the defensive end. Thatâ€™s the thing that helped me and the other coaches probably started noticing that.â€
Ogide averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Rams this season, one of only three players in the MWC with more than 12 points and seven boards per game.
Miles said that Ogide is a more complete player this season.
â€œNow, just because the ball doesnâ€™t go in the hole right way, he keeps playing hard,â€ Miles said. â€œHe finds a way to impact the game besides just making baskets. Thatâ€™s really important.â€
Ogideâ€™s teammate Travis Franklin explained just what Ogide has meant to the team this season.
â€œHeâ€™s been a great inside force for us,â€ the junior said. â€œHeâ€™s been our best inside post scorer, and heâ€™s been rebounding well lately, so he means a lot to this program.â€
Ogideâ€™s honor comes just three days before the Rams are scheduled to face the San Diego State Aztecs in the first round of the MWC Championships in Las Vegas. He said he wonâ€™t have any trouble getting up for the game, but said an all-conference spot gives him even more determination.
â€œIâ€™m already fired up for that, and I guess this will only add to it. Itâ€™s good to get recognized like that. I think it only happens because weâ€™re winning,â€ he said.
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