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  • DSU signs Grossmont transfer Mark Ogden
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 05/15/14 - 12:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – The Dixie State men's basketball program has added one of California's top junior college recruits with the signing of Mark Ogden, head coach Jon Judkins announced on Thursday.

    Ogden is a 6-foot-7 forward from Spring Valley, Calif., who played for two years at Grossmont College in El Cajon for head coach Doug Weber. He averaged 14.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore while shooting 54 percent from the field. Ogden led his team to a Pacific Coast Conference – North championship and was named to the All-PCAC First Team.

    He is one of the Top 100 junior college players in the state of California by jchoops.com.

    "Signing Mark was very big for our program, and we couldn't be happier that he chose to come to Dixie State," Judkins said. "Mark was a heavily recruited player, and it's easy to see why. Mark has great length and athleticism that will allow him to defend multiple positions for us, both in the post and on the perimeter. He will also be a great asset to us on the offense end with his athleticism and a skill set that allows him to play both inside and outside."

    Ogden joins four others to sign with Dixie State in the spring – Connor Van Brocklin, Josh Fuller, Trevor Hill and Collin Woods.

    "I chose Dixie State for its amazing fan base, the school's facilities, successful basketball program, and an opportunity to receive a quality education," Ogden said.

    The forward with two years of eligibility remaining relates his game to LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trailblazers with versatility to be ruggedly athletic and also run the floor.

    "His development as a player over the past few years is a testament to his outstanding work ethic, and we feel like he will continue to blossom and improve here at Dixie State," Judkins said. "Mark is a fun kid to be around and he's got a great personality, he's a perfect fit for Dixie State and we're so happy he is joining our program."

    Ogden was named MVP of the 2013 Grossmont Tournament after scoring 21 points, including five dunks, and pulling down 10 rebounds in the championship game against Cerritos College. He had two other monster games during the year. Ogden went for 27 points and 19 rebounds in the Grossmont Tournament semifinal against Victor Valley and later went for 35 points and 18 rebounds in a triple overtime thriller against Palomar.

    He prepped at Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley.

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