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.