Kenneth Ogbe has come a long way to help Utes

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utes freshman Kenneth Ogbe has come from Munich, Germany to become a key contributor off the bench for the Utes basketball team.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - This time last year, Utes freshman forward Kenneth Ogbe was living in Munich, Germany and knew very little about Utah.

"No, not really," Ogbe said. "The Olympics, but that's about it."

But after his German high school team played in a tournament in Tennessee, Ogbe caught the eye of Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak, who decided to pursue the athletic 6-foot-6 guard. 

"As is in the case with a lot of foreign kids, there are a lot of players," Krystkowiak said. "But a lot of times the opportunities are presented to these kids to stay if not in their own country, then in a nearby country or somewhere in Europe, make a pretty good paycheck and never go to college."

But that wasn't the case with Ogbe, who has adjusted to life quickly in Salt Lake City.

"I always wanted to go to college," he said. "My brother went to college. Salt Lake City is really reminds me of my hometown in Munich and I really like it. The people are nice and I really felt comfortable with all the guys on the team and the coaching staff."

"He's adjusting real well," said junior forward Princeton Onwas. "He's a real good kid on and off the court, and is also a real good teammate."

As expected, Ogbe has seen his share of ups and downs as a freshman. His best game came against UCLA when he made all four of his field goal attempts on his way to a career high 12 points. 

But Ogbe, who was a member of the German national squad that participated in the 2011 Nike Global Challenge and the German High School National Championships, has also played fewer than ten minutes, or none at all, in 15 games for the Utes this season. 

"I just have to keep working hard in practice and try to help the team in any way I can," Ogbe said.

For a guy who has been in the United States just five months, Ogbe's English is very good. But he's trying to teach his teammates, like Onwas, his native language.

"I know a few words," Onwas said. "But they're kind of inappropriate."
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