Utah Utes Basketball: Freshman Steps Up

Kenneth Ogbe

Friday I started a conversation on Twitter wondering which of the three freshman were going to finally force Coach Larry Krystkowiak to play them. Then @Utebunto was prophetic.

For Ogbe to come in and have a big game against UCLA is just a sign of what is to come. I was more cautiously optimistic until I heard the below from Coach Krystkowiak:

The young man reminds me of Dakarai and Brandon from last year. It’s hard to put freshmen in a situation like this. He’s improved so much defensively and has been doing so well in practice. He’s a great example of a kid who got his chance and made the most of it. He stepped up and made some crucial free throws and I’m happy he could play a part in this.

For Krystkowiak to compare Ogbe to two players who contributed as freshman last year and are now part of the starting line up. This is also one of the main things I like most about Krystkowiak. If you earn the playing time and prove yourself, you will keep on playing. Expect to see more of Ogbe through the rest of the PAC-12 season. I suspect he will take mintues from Parker Van Dyke and Princeton Onwas.

About the author

Grant Bagby

Since moving to Utah in 2005, I have changed from following all sports in D.C/Virginia to following all sports in Utah. I am a Chicago Bulls fan first (Born and raised by my father), but I am also a hardcore Jazz fan with 7 years of being a season ticket holder under my belt. I started TornBySports to write about the BYU/Utah Rivalry after Max Hall ran his mouth.