Young Ochai Agbaji made a great impact yesterday on his debut for Kansas State University, after Udoka Azubike's torn ligament left a void.
With little thought on Wednesday night, Coach Bill Self said the team would burn Agbaji's redshirt.
Agbaji's parent grew up in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, before migrating to the United States of America. His mom and sister were present to cheer him one, while his father watched over the TV from Nigeria.
Confidence was the key over the sudden change of level from the bench to actual competitive play on the court; and this he got as his teammate Devon Dotson threw the ball for an easy alley op. His first bucket!
"It was really my teammates and the coaches that put me in the right position, they didn’t put any pressure on me, just believed in my athletic ability.” he said.
The game ended Texas Christian University 68-77 Kansas University.
With 25 mins of play, Agbaji made seven points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Fans welcomed the development and hope to see consistency and positive growth without their big man, Udoka Azubuike.