Western Kentucky received a verbal commitment Monday from Nick Ongenda.
A 6-foot-11, 190pound center, Ongenda visited WKU last week, arriving on Wednesday before watching practice Thursday while WKU held a team scrimmage for professional scouts.
Originally from South Africa by way of Toronto and currently playing at Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock, Ark., Ongenda is considered a four-star prospect in the 2020 class by 247sports.com and reportedly holds scholarship offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Oklahoma State and Florida. He's the No. 59 overall player in the 2020 class according to ESPN and the 106th-best prospect according to 247sports.com
Ongenda is ranked as the No. 3 overall Canadian prospect by northpolehoops.com and played for the Woodz Elite AAU program this past summer.
Western Kentucky visited with Ongenda in Arkansas earlier this month and in September.
Ongenda is WKU's first commit for the 2020 class. Guard Jackson Harlan of Clinton County has committed to be a part of the 2019 class.
@MrBasketballive got the International Next Best Secrets, Nick Ongenda @itsnxo , 7’0, 7’4 Wing Span, Class 2019, 55 Blks in 3 games CNIT. Led team to EYBL 16’s Champs @trigonis30 @NikeSummit @JonRothstein @ebosshoops @FrankieBur @PaulBiancardi @EtopUdoEma @john_stovall pic.twitter.com/aU5vGw64fV— UnTapped (@UnTapped_Sports) October 14, 2018
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Player of the week: Born on September 29, 2000 we have Nick Ongenda, from Cape Town, South Africa. His parents are Lilianne and Francois Ongenda; and he has 3 older sisters. When not playing or practicing Nick likes to play video games on his laptop, watch movies, and hangout with friends. An interesting fact most people don’t know about him is that he used to play high level tennis and soccer before he started basketball! Nick has been playing basketball since the 7th grade and is currently a 6’10 forward/center in his Sophomore year weighing 185 lbs. College interest: Pepperdine, UC Irving, Utah Valley Univ., Univ. Of Wisconsin- Green Bay, Ball State, Oregon, and Virginia Tech.
Thank you @WKUBasketball for coming to practice today!— SCA Basketball (@SCAhoops) October 10, 2018
Big thanks to @WKUBasketball for coming out to practice today!— SCA Basketball (@SCAhoops) September 26, 2018
G-Elite young boy Nick Ongenda been Racking up the offers ever since winning peach jam this afternoon !!! Maybe here’s a reason why lol �� pic.twitter.com/IFAL40Z6ni— Mr Basketball Live (@MrBasketballive) July 16, 2018
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