Efe Abogidi will leave Washington State to join the NBA G League Ignite. Abogidi is the first player to leave a Power 5 school before his eligibility runs out to play for Ignite.
Abogidi, a 6-10 forward/center from Nigeria, averaged 8.1 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. Earlier this summer, he entered the transfer portal and declared himself for the NBA Draft. Ignite officials have approached Abogidi about the idea of playing next season in the G League to continue developing his game and prepare for next year’s draft.
“We went for him because we think he has the ability to be an NBA first-round pick,” Ignite coach Jason Hart said.
It’s a big step for Abogidi, who burst onto the social media scene in 2017 at the age of 15 when he dove from the free throw line at an NBA Academy event in Senegal. . A few months later, he suffered a serious left knee injury while playing at the NBA Academy Global Games in Canberra, Australia. It took two years to heal the injury before he landed a scholarship to Washington State.
Abogidi had offers from more than a dozen Division-I programs when he entered the transfer portal, but he chose the Ignite because he felt it was the best opportunity to work on his game and prepare for the repechage.
His NBA Academy teammate in Australia, Dyson Daniels, played for Ignite last season and was drafted No. 8 by the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.
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