Bonnies Sign Juco PG from England

Ogo Adegboye

This week, St. Bonaventure announced the signing of London-native Ogo Adegboye, a 6-foot-0 point guard from Lamar Community College in Colorado. Earlier this month, the A-10 school said that two juniors on the 08-09 team won't be back.

Ogo Adegboye, who was born in Nigeria and came to the U.S. from London, England, started all 38 games for the 27-11 Running Lopes. He averaged 11.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals. Ogo had a 1.6 assist / turnover ratio and shot 48.9 percent from the floor.

Lamar finished fifth in their first-ever appearance at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. Adegboye, who averaged 15.3 points during the NJCAA tourney, was named to the All-Tournament teams at both the Division I National Tournament and the Region IX event.

Adegboye played at Findlay College Prep in the Las Vegas, Nev. area in 2006-07, the first season Findlay fielded a team. The team was about one-third U.S. nationals, two-thirds from overseas.

In the fall, the Bonnies signed 6-foot-6 wing Demitrius Conger from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Covenant Christian Academy in Marietta, Ga.

ESPN reported earlier this year, "Conger has electric athleticism and natural ability which he uses to make plays for his team ... and uses his very good quickness and length to have a positive effect on the defensive end of the court."

St. Bonaventure, which loses seniors Tyler Benson and D'Lancy Carter from this roster, decided two juniors should head elsewhere for their final collegiate season.

Ray Blackburn, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Lackawanna, N.Y. and Erie Community College in Buffalo, averaged 8.0 points, Bona's fifth leading scorer, off the bench in 23 games. He finished fourth in the A-10 with a .809 free throw percentage. Blackburn missed seven games in the middle of the season due to injury.

Maurice Thomas, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward, transferred to Bona after his sophomore season at UTEP where he had been the Miners' third leading scorer. After sitting out the 2007-08 season per NCAA transfer rules, Thomas averaged 9.4 points, fourth on the team, and 6.1 rebounds (second) in 26 games, including 20 starts. The Philadelphia, Pa. native played at Olney H.S. and Lutheran Christian Academy before heading to the Lone Star State.

Two more slots are open for Coach Mark Schmidt, whose second-year team finished 15-15. Bona was 8-22 in 2007-08.

The top three scorers -- 6-foot-5 Jonathan Hall, 6-foot-9 A-10 Rookie of the Year Andrew Nicholson, and 6-foot-4 Chris Matthews -- all averaged in the 12-point range. They are part of the nine player group who are returning.

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