UWG adds Australian hooper Ovie Magbegor

Carrollton, GA – The UWG Wolves have gone the international route for their second signee of the 2017 recruiting season.


Head coach Michael Cooney announced Tuesday the addition of Ovie Magbegor as the Wolves’ newest signee. Magbegor is 6-5, 215-pound forward from Oak Park Primary School in Melbourne, Australia.


Cooney is ecstatic with his newest recruit, especially Magbegor’s prowess as a strong rebounder. “Ovie has an incredible knack for the getting the ball, a skill I hold in high regard,” says Cooney. He adds, “Ovie has the equipment and the timing to grow into a GSC force.”


Magbegor averaged 15.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game for the Coburg Giants team in Australia. He captured bronze and silver medals at the Ivor Burge and U20 national championships in 2016 and 2017.


“Last summer I watched him nab 22 rebounds against a very good Indiana select team,” says Cooney. “After he returned home Ovie had a 26-rebound performance in a tourney game. Those kinds of number remind me of an undersized forward who competed for us named Rafi Stevens.”


Stevens, a native of Philadelphia, was a 6-3 forward who was a stellar rebounder for UWG from 1999-2001.


Beyond basketball, Magbegor’s resume includes strong ties to another sport: Australian Rules football. Magbegor has been a “ruckman” for the Calder Cannons football team, playing in 22 TAC cup matches for the Calder team over the past two seasons. He averaged 22 hit-outs, one mark and three tackles per game. He had opportunities to continue football at the professional level, but instead chose to accept the offer to attend and play basketball at UWG.


Magbegor is the fourth UWG signee of the current recruiting season. Cooney last month announced the signing of Drew Cobb, a 6-3, 185-pound guard from Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif. Cooney has also announced Deng Nhial and Steven Ross Jr. to his recruiting class earlier this summer.