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Rams Q&A with Andy Ogide

January 26, 2009

Sophomore forward Andy Ogide is one of many new faces that has seen his first action in a green and gold uniform this season. However, many of the Moby faithful will recognize the 6-9 forward. That�s because Ogide transfered to Colorado State from Ole Miss last season, and sat out as a redshirt in 2007-08 due to NCAA transfer rules. Ogide has wasted not time making an impact on the court.

Andy OgideIn his first game with the Rams, Ogide led CSU with a 20-point, 14-rebound effort in the Rams’ victory over the Montana Grizzlies.

The Rams Basketball Report recently caught up with Andy to aske him a few questions:

Q: How do you like living in Fort Collins, as opposed to Georgia?
A: I like the climate here a lot more. Even though it gets a little bit colder here, there are more days of sunshine which is nice.

Q: What do you hope to bring to the team this season?
A: Rebounding and putting up some shots to take the load off Marcus. Also be a defensive presence and be physical.

Q: What are your pregame rituals?
A: I like to call my mom and also listen to a couple songs. I listen to T.I.’s “I am the Greatest” a few times.

Q: Who do you model your game after
A: New Orleans Hornet’s forward David West.

Q: If you weren’t playing basketball what sport would you play?
A: Football. I played it when I was shorter but I’d probably play wide receiver maybe tight end.

Q: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever played with or against?
A: J.J. Hickson in high school. He went to N.C. State but he plays in the NBA now for the Cavs.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Lebron James, easy.

Q: What made you choose to transfer to Colorado State?
A: I didn’t want to go through the whole recruiting process after Ole Miss. My high school recruiting process was crazy. I wanted to go with somebody I knew and I knew assistant coach Niko (Medved).

Q: Was it hard to sit out last season after you came to CSU from Ole Miss?
A: Very hard. It was tough having to watch everybody play without having any help down low and no one wanting to shoot the ball.

Q: How has the team improved from last season?
A: Way more athletic, more depth. We have better shooters now this year and better big men.

Q: How do you juggle school and basketball?
A: It’s hard. You’re tired after practice and you don’t want to do school work but you just gotta do it.

Q: What game are you looking forward to the most this season?
A: I want to say New Mexico. Everyone is always talking about The Pit and I want to experience it.

Contact: Garrett Finke
Phone: (970) 491-5067