DETERMINED: Sydney Kings recruit AJ Ogilvy in action for Bamberg in Munich earlier this year.
DETERMINED: Sydney Kings recruit AJ Ogilvy in action for Bamberg in Munich earlier this year. MICHA WILLGETTY IMAGES

New King wants to hold court at home

AT JUST 24, star Sydney Kings recruit AJ Ogilvy has already established himself as one of Australia's most exciting front-court talents.

Ogilvy put himself on the map through some impressive performances for German franchise Brose Baskets Bamberg in the Euroleague - the second best competition in the world.

That was after impressive stints at Valencia in Spain, and Besiktas in Turkey, where he averaged 12.5 points a game.

Ogilvy also left Vanderbilt University, in the US college system, as only the second player there to post 1000 points and 100 blocks.

But the Boomers representative says he still has much to prove in the NBL at the Kings under coach and club legend Shane Heal.

"It was a good opportunity for me to play in the Euroleague with Brose, but a bad situation in not getting much game time and sitting on the bench a lot," said Ogilvy, a Sydney native.

"That was why I came to the Kings - to get a lot of game time.

"It will also be nice to play in front of my family and friends."

Ogilvy is also aiming to become an important part of next year's Boomers team that will take part in the World Cup in Spain, starting in August.

The towering 211cm power forward/centre has been tipped by Heal to dominate Australia's top competition, and play an integral role for Australia on the world stage.

"I definitely feel like I've got the ability to have a good season," said Ogilvy, who scored 18 points in the Kings' 81-69 loss to Perth last Friday night.

Ogilvy will face another stern challenge against last season's runners-up at the Sydney Entertainment Centre this Sunday.

He will again line up against James Ennis, a Miami Heat squad member who scored 25 points - a club record for a debut - in his team's round-one victory over Adelaide. Ennis then downed 27 points against the Kings, including seven in the final term, to help pace a 19-7 run over the final stages of that contest.

"I'm expecting Perth to be right up there in the finals this season. James is a very talented athlete," Ogilvy said.



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