Ochai Agbaji: Nigerian-born Basketball Star Wins Biggest US Collegiate Title


Nigerian-born basketball star, Ochai Agbaji won the biggest title in US college basketball and, with it, a finals MVP.

Agbaji played a crucial role in the Kansas Jayhawks’ 72-69 come-from-behind win over North Carolina in the final.

The guard featured for 37 minutes, contributing 12 points and three rebounds to his teams’ victory.

Agbaji wins NCAA trophy

Thanks to a second-half flurry Agbaji led Kansas to erase a 16-point deficit and complete the biggest comeback in title game history,

Furthermore, the feat surpassed Loyola Chicago’s 15-point rally against Cincinnati in 1963.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS – FEBRUARY 17: Ochai Agbaji #30 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives against Rasir Bolton #45 of the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse on February 17, 2020, in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

After the victory, Agbaji was named the 2022 NCAA Men’s Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Previously, he won the Associated Press and coaches’ Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 tournament MVP, and made the first-team All-American.

Ochai Agbaji

The youngster also caught the attention of NBA star, Damian Lillard amidst news of an NBA Draft opportunity.

Meanwhile, Agbaji has local roots born in Milwaukee.

Ochai Agbaji with Family

Ochai Agbaji is the son of two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball players, Erica and Olofu Agbaji.

Also, the couple’s daughter, Orie, played college volleyball as a middle blocker in Texas.

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