Men's Basketball



0  Sean Ogirri
Sean Ogirri

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

High School:
Denver East

Last College:
Wichita State

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200

Position:
Guard


2008-09: After transferring to Wyoming from Wichita State prior to last season, Sean Ogirri spent the 2007-08 season on the practice floor for the Cowboys. Ogirri, who will be a redshirt senior this year, is a very talented fifth year player who has experienced the highest level of college basketball. As a sophomore at Wichita State, Ogirri was instrumental in the Shockers run to the 2006 Sweet 16. He is a very talented, mature player and he is looking to make the most of his one season with the Wyoming basketball program.

"Sean is as good of a young man with the ball that I have ever had the opportunity to coach and he can score in bunches," said UW head coach Heath Schroyer. "The thing I love about Sean is that he has been where we are trying to go as a team and as a program. He has played in the Sweet 16 and was instrumental in Wichita State's run to it. With Sean being a fifth-year senior, I think his experience is going to help him have a great year. The beauty about having Sean is that, while we only have him on the floor for one year, he will make us a better team and a better program by balancing short-term needs and long-term goals. He may only have one season to play, but I think that this one year is going to be very special one for him and it will also help elevate this program to another level."

2007-08: Ogirri redshirted during the 2007-08 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after coming to UW from Wichita State. He was able to practice throughout the 2007-08 season and learn the Cowboys' system.

Wichita State: Ogirri was an outstanding player at Wichita State University for three seasons. When his college coach, Mark Turgeon, accepted the head-coaching position at Texas A&M in the summer of 2007, Ogirri was looking to transfer to another Division I school. He chose Wyoming. Ogirri is a former Colorado High School Player of the Year at Denver's East High School.

2006-07: 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) when the two teams 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.

2005-06: As a sophomore, Ogirri was a big factor in Wichita State's run to the NCAA Sweet 16. 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.

2004-05: In his first year as a Shocker, he was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Freshman Team.

High School/Personal: As a prep standout at Denver East High School, 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 24-0 season and the state championship that year, averaging 28.5 points and 5.0 assists per game as a senior. He also was named Most Valuable Player of the State Tournament. His junior year, he averaged 17 points and three assists while leading Denver East to a 21-3 record and the 5A State Championship.

Schroyer said that while he was head coach at Portland State, he was well aware of Ogirri, and tried to recruit him to Portland. Current Cowboy Associate Head Coach Fred Langley coached Ogirri in AAU basketball in the Denver area. Ogirri's high school coach at Denver East was Rudy Carey.

Born Feb. 21, 1986, Ogirri is the son of Griselina Ogirri, and the late Frederick Ogirri. Coming out of high school, he was also recruited by Denver, Pittsburgh, Portland State, Tulsa and Utah. He is studying sociology.

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