May 22, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Sean Ogirri, an outstanding player at Wichita State University, and a former Colorado High School Player of the Year, is transferring to the University of Wyoming, Cowboy Head Coach Heath Schroyer announced Tuesday.
Ogirri, a junior, will sit out next season under the NCAA transfer rule, and will have one season to play for the Cowboys. The 6-2, 200 pound guard was a high school star at Denver East.
"We're excited about Sean," Schroyer said. "He is a tremendous player who can come in here and have success. He brings to our program the experience of playing at a high level at Wichita State. He has made big shots in big games, including the NCAA Tournament. He's a solid guy, and his presence in our program will help us in many areas. While he cannot play next season, his impact will be tremendous, especially during practice.
"We are not going to make it a habit to take one-year guys," Schroyer continued. "But we are committed to recruiting the best players, especially along the front range. We want to balance the short term with our long-term goals. Having a player of his caliber in our program, even though for just a short time, is an opportunity we could not let pass."
Ogirri finished his junior season with the Shockers as the team's third-leading scorer at 9.5 points per game. He helped Wichita State beat Wyoming (83-69) this past season when the two played in Casper at the Wyoming Shootout on Dec. 9, 2006. The Denver native scored seven points in 26 minutes of play. Entering that game, the Shockers were ranked 10th in the nation by Associated Press, and 16th by ESPN/USA Today.
As a sophomore, Ogirri was a big factor in Wichita State's Sweet 16 appearance during the 2005-06 NCAA Tournament. He produced six three-pointers in WSU's opening-round win over Seton Hall. He finished with 23 points which was the fourth-best NCAA Tournament performance by a Shocker in school history. The Shockers also beat Tennessee to advance to the Sweet 16, before losing to George Mason. Ogirri averaged 17.5 points per game during the NCAA Tournament that season. In his first year as a Shocker during 2004-05, he made the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Freshman Team.
As a prep standout at Denver East, Ogirri was named the state of Colorado's Mr. Basketball as well as its 5A Player of the Year in 2004. He led East to an undefeated season, and the state championship that year, averaging 28.5 points per game as a senior. He also was named Most Valuable Player of the state tournament.
"For what we do, he will be a great addition," Schroyer said. "He can really shoot the ball, and plays hard. He is an outstanding competitor, and a winner. Not only are we bringing in a quality player in Sean, but we also are helping our recruiting along the front range, especially in Denver."
Schroyer said that while he was head coach at Portland State, he was well aware of Ogirri, and tried to recruit him to Portland. "We really liked him out of high school. Fred (Cowboy assistant Langley) had a great relationship with Sean while coaching him in AAU basketball in the Denver area," Schroyer said. "We all have a great deal of respect for his high school coach Rudy Carey. He has developed numerous Division I players, and has done a great job at East High School."
Ogirri is the son of Griselina Ogirri, and the late Frederick Ogirri.