Utah has observed several defections from its men’s basketball program over the past year. Another came on Monday, although shooting guard Kenneth Ogbe had originally announced his intentions to transfer in early July.
Ogbe won’t be leaving the state to close out his college hoops career, however, as he has committed to Utah Valley, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
The Munich, Germany product only played in five games for the Pac-12 team last season but saw action in 52 during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. The injury-plagued senior has already graduated, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately for Utah Valley, which plays in what’s left of the Western Athletic Conference.
Ogbe never established a key role with the Salt Lake City-based program while failing to exceed 15 minutes per game. As a bench presence in 2014-2015, the 6-6 shooting guard averaged 4.5 points per game. A groin injury then limited Ogbe to just five games last season, one that featured a career-best 5.2 points per game average.
He’ll venture from an NCAA tournament-qualifying team to one that’s only been in Division I since 2004. The Wolverines, who have spent the past three seasons in the decimated WAC after four in the Great West Conference, have never qualified for the NCAA tournament. They finished 12-18 last season.
Ogbe joins Brekkot Chapman, who will transfer to Weber State, along with Chris Reyes (Pepperdine), Isaiah Wright (San Diego), Makol Mawien (New Mexico Junior College), Brandon Miller (Division II Dixie State) and Austin Montgomery (also Dixie State).
Utah and Utah Valley face off on Dec. 6.