Sylvester Ogbonda
Sylvester  Ogbonda
RS Sophomore

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

High School:
National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Md.)

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 239



1 letter

Business Administration


Solomon, Williams Highlight Honorees at Yellow Jacket Celebration

Standout track and field student-athletes combine to win seven awards, including Male and Female Athlete of the Year


#TGW: Promise in the Youth

With Tech's roster makeup still to be finalized, Pastner is excited about the Yellow Jackets' young players


Student-Athlete Speeches Highlight Endowment Dinner

Georgia Tech scholarship recipients thank athletics donors


#TGW: Thinking Big

Backup center Sylvester Ogbonda pushing on to succeed on and off the court


#TGW: Amazing Sights and Sounds

Jackets experiencing sensory overload with exposure to Chinese culture, all while focusing on winning their season opener


Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech (USATSI)

Photos from Georgia Tech men's basketball vs. Virginia Tech - Saturday Feb. 17, 2018


Georgia Tech in China - Day 5

Scenes from Tech's practice and visit to Shanghai Disney on Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Georgia Tech Afternoon Practice, November 5, 2017

The Yellow Jackets drove to the Dragon Sports Centre to conduct their first full practice in China, Sunday afternoon.


Georgia Tech Basketball Morning Walk, November 5, 2017

On their first full day in China, the Yellow Jackets went for a morning walk by West Lake in Hangzhou.


Georgia Tech in China - Day 3

Monday saw the Yellow Jackets visit the campus of Alibaba, the largest e-commerce company in China.

Career Notes

Physically gifted post player, long and mobile with excellent athletic ability ... Runs the floor well and is agile around the rim ... Good shot blocker who also blocks out well as a rebounder ... Sat out the 2015-16 season as a red-shirt, and has played just 32 games over the last two seasons, nine last year ... Originally from Nigeria, attended the National Christian Academy in Fort Washington ... Rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, and was ranked as high as 26th nationally at the center position ... DMVElite.com ranked Ogbonda No. 6 in the class of 2015 (all positions) in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia footprint ... Chose Tech over Boston College, Cincinnati and LaSalle.

Ogbonda speaks to Georgia Tech's annual Endowment Dinner in January, 2018

2017-18 - Game-by-Game Statistics

Played in just nine games, six in the ACC, but saw 10 minutes against Virginia Tech and scored seven points with four rebounds, all season highs ... Missed a large portion of preseason practice after suffering a sprained knee, and more recently had a sprained ankle.

2016-17 - Game-by-Game Statistics

Played 5.2 minutes per game in 23 games off the bench in the post ... Played in eight ACC games ... Played 18 minutes in Tech's NIT games in an effort to give Ben Lammers some relief ... Had played 11 minutes over Tech's previous eight games (four DNPs) ... Played eight minutes in the NIT championship game, going 3-for-3 from the floor ... Saw significant action in games against Wake Forest and Tusculum behind Ben Lammers after Abdoulaye Gueye was sidelined with a fractured wrist ... Played total of 28 minutes, scored 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 FT), grabbed seven rebounds ... Set career bests of eight points and five boards vs. Tusculum ... Came off the bench to play career-high 14 minutes in relief of a foul-plagued Lammers at Wake Forest (5 pts, 2 reb, 1-2 FG, 3-4 FT) ... Had five points, four rebounds in nine minutes vs. Alcorn State, his previous highs ... Blocked three shots against North Carolina A&T.


Sat out the season as a red-shirt after averaging 12.7 minutes in three games on Tech's August trip to the Bahamas ... Averaged 6.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while hitting 8-of-12 shots from the floor ... Went 6-for-7 and scored 13 points in game 2 vs. Providence Storm.

High School

Ogbonda played for coach Trevor Brown and helped National Christian to a 20-6 record as a senior, averaging 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game ... Named third-team All-Metro in the Washington, D.C., area, and earned spots on the D.C. roster for both the Capital Classic and the Crab Classic following the season ... MVP of Nike Hoop Festival in 2014-15 ... Averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game in helping NCA to a 14-8 mark in 2013-14, and six points and six rebounds as NCA went 22-7 in 2012-13 ... First-team All-Capital Beltway Athletic Association in 2013-14, and was named the league's defensive player of the year ... Played AAU ball for the DC Warriors ... Valedictorian of his high school class.


Full name is Sylvester Chimela Ogbonda (pronounced "oh-BOND-uh") ... Born January 11, 1996 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria ... Son of Joel and Irene Ogbonda ... Third of four children -- Steve, 27, Stephanie, 23, Shelter, 17 ... Began playing basketball at age 14, came to the United State at age 15 ... Enjoys singing and playing video games ... Majoring in business administration.

 Career Statistics  

  Minutes  Total  3-Point  F-Throws  Rebounds   
Year  gp-gs  min  avg  fg  fga  pct  fg  fga  pct  ft  fta  pct  off  def  tot  avg  pf  fo  ast  t/o  blk  stl  pts  avg 
2016-17   23-0  120  5.2  13  27  .481  .000  10  16  .625  17  24  1.0  28  36  1.6 
2017-18   9-0  21  2.3  .600  .000  .333  0.8  0.8 
TOTAL  32-0  141  4.4  16  32  .500  .000  11  19  .579  10  21  31  1.0  33  14  43  1.3