Former Vanderbilt star A.J. Ogilvy scored 19 points to lead the Illawarra Hawks past the Sydney Kings 97-93 in Australia’s National Basketball League.
The 6-11 center had 9 rebounds, while shooting 55 percent (6-of-11) from the field.
Rotnei Clarke (Butler) added 19 points and 6 assists for Illawarra in the win.
For Sydney, Jerome Randle (Cal) had 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Perry Ellis (Kansas) added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
But the star of the game was Ogilvy, who is the NBL’s sixth leading rebounder this season, averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 boards for the Hawks.
He comes from the Iran Superleague, where averaged 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds for Azad University Tehran this season.
Ogilvy was also in Australia last year where he was the league’s second leading rebounder, averaging 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks for Illawarra.
He led Illawarra to the NBL Finals and was named Australiabasket.com’s NBL Center of the Year, while being selected to the All-NBL First Team.
Last summer Ogilvy was in the Puerto Rican BSN league, where he averaged 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for Manati.
In 2015-16, he also played in Australia, averaging 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds for Illawarra, when he had one of the NBL’s highest player efficiency ratings (PER).
A college star at Vanderbilt, Ogilvy guided the team to two NCAA berths in his three seasons, and left as only the second player in school history with 1,000 career points and 100 blocks.
Ogilvy was also a three-time All-SEC selection and set the Commodore freshman scoring record.
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