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Ogilvy says g’day, Vandy will be OK

So Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy is done on West End, declaring for the NBA draft with one season of eligibility remaining.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Ogilvy&iid=8282541″ src=”9/c/9/1/Vanderbilt_v_Murray_e291.jpg?adImageId=12240692&imageId=8282541″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]Is it goodbye or good riddance? The 6-11 Aussie stood the SEC on its ear as a freshman in 2007-08, averaging 17.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg. He scored 20 or more points 11 times that season, and the Commodores went 10-1 in those games.

But did he peak too soon? He scored 20 or more points only 12 times the rest of his career. Ogilvy’s scoring average dipped in each of his next two seasons, to 15.4 and then 13.4. His rebounding (6.2) and assist averages (0.9) reached all-time lows in his junior year. He had seven single-digit scoring games as a junior.

By the time he bid Vandy “g’day” Ogilvy had become a symbol of frustration. Ticketed as a lottery pick after that stellar first season, Commodores fans had begun to wonder whether he was worth even a lottery ticket after watching him average just 12.7 points over his final 15 games in the Black and Gold. He tallied two points in the SEC tournament loss to Mississippi State on 0-for-4 shooting and had 12 in the NCAA first-round loss to Murray State. Not exactly how you wanna go out.

You just never knew what you were going to get from the big man. At the top of his game there was brilliance. But there also were injuries and sometimes seemingly indifference. If there was one player you could point to when Vanderbilt lost this season it was Ogilvy. He averaged 9.4 points in the Commodores’ nine losses, 14.9 points in their 24 wins.

Still, the offense frequently revolved around him. He leaves as the school’s all-time leader in free throws made (471), a testament to the number of touches he got.

Perhaps it would be unfair to call that a detriment to the 2009-10 team. Few in the preseason believed this was a 24-win team, and certainly Ogilvy played a major role. But neither did this team live up to postseason expectations, and that’s when the center fell flat on his face.

Vanderbilt probably won’t be as good without him next season. But it won’t be as frustrated either.

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  1. Jordan
    April 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Ogilvy should stay another season, according to the numbers, right? If he stays and his numbers improve then his stock rises, and if he doesn’t improve at least he was consistently on the downhill slope and he’s right back where he is now.

  2. Michael
    April 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Ogilvy is definitely going to be a big risk to any NBA team. BUT, the big man has to be drafted first! I agree with Jordan and think that man from the down under should stay for his senior season.

  3. Daniel
    April 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I’m not so sure vandy will be worse off with ogilvy gone. During his three years there they underwent a transformation from a perimeter oriented, three point shooting team, to a team who relied on post play for production. They certainly had a few good years, making the big dance twice as a 4 seed, but maybe vandy is better off as the perimeter oriented team with a plethora of dangerous shooters. After all, the last time they had success in the tourney the team was led by Derrick Byars and Shan Foster, both guards.

  4. Michael
    April 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I wish they still had Russell Lakey and Matt Freije.. those were the glory days

    • Matthew Young
      April 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      and good ole mario moore. i wonder how teaching at antioch is going for him?

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