11 March 2011

Chamberlain 'Champ' Oguchi

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain 'Champ' Oguchi has officially replaced Tony Dandridge as the Meralco Bolts import. Officially measured at 6-foot-3 13/16, Oguchi is a 24-year-old Nigerian-American who came out of Illinois State U and had seen action in Europe and also in the NBA D-League.

Oguchi played collegiately for Oregon/Illinois St before he was drafted in the 2010 NBDL 2nd round with the #14 pick by the Maine Red Claws. They are the minor league team for the Boston Celtics & Charlotte Bobcats. Oguchi was known in the NBDL as a long-distance threat, averaging almost 35 percent from beyond the arc while averaging a little over 10 points in the 64 games he played the past two NBDL seasons.

Oregon Ducks M Basketball describes Oguchi as a long and athletic explosive scorer who needs to continue evolving into more than just a shooter. He has the tools to become an excellent defender with lightning-quick release. He also follows Andre Joseph as the second player to come out of Houston and play for Ernie Kent.

When he played for the Nigerian National Team in the FIBA World Championships in Japan, he helped them advance to the elimination round, where they lost to Germany by a point. He also scored eight points in wins over Serbia-Montenegro and Lebanon.

Before joining the Oregon Ducks, Oguchi was rated as the nation's 74th-best player by Rivals. That service also ranked him as the No. 16 shooting guard. He was a first team all-district and a second team all-region selection his senior season at George W. Bush High School. Oguchi averaged 20 points and six rebounds per game for a team that went 20-12 and scored 24.3 points per game as a junior and hit 124 three-point baskets.

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