Efe Abogidi to join G League Ignite

Former WSU Forward/Center will play in NBA G League’s Ignite; eyes 2023 NBA Draft

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WSU forward Efe Abogidi dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon in Beasley Coliseum, March 5.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen Reporter

Efe Abogidi has chosen to leave WSU to play for the NBA G League’s Ignite.

Abogidi is a 6-foot-10 power forward who averaged 8.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He shot 51% from the field and 78.9% from the free-throw line. He was an All-Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention.

Abogidi will be 21-years-old this year and has come from Nigeria with a real chance of playing in the NBA. According to Ignite officials, they saw real first-round potential in him for the 2023 draft and that is why they recruited him to their team.

He shot down over a dozen Division-I college basketball offers in order to play for the G League’s Ignite.

Abogidi has been working his way through NBA programs, he first earned a scholarship to NBA Academy Africa and in 2017 transferred to the NBA Academy in Australia.

The NBA G League is the NBA’s feeder league similar to MLB’s Minor Leagues.

Ignite is the only NBA G League team not directly associated with an NBA franchise. Instead, Ignite recruits and prepares players for the NBA Draft.

This will be the third season for the Ignite team and Abogidi hopes to be another alumnus that is drafted into the NBA. The Ignite have has had six players be drafted and three in the top ten picks.

Drafted players include three players from the 2021 NBA draft, second pick Jalen Green, the seventh pick, Jonathan Kuminga and the 31st pick Isaiah Todd. In 2022 the Ignite had an Australian teammate of Abogidi go eighth, Dyson Daniels, the 27th pick MarJon Beauchamp and the 37th pick Jaden Hardy.

Abogidi hopes to add his name to the list of draft picks in 2023 as he prepares to play in the NBA G League.