ORLANDO, FL (WECT) - Last year, Chuck Ogbodo contemplated whether he wanted to remain a Seahawk.
The 6'9' forward from Nigeria, the last remaining UNCW basketball player to have played for previous head coach Buzz Peterson, didn't hit the floor in the final 11 games last season, including a first-round NCAA Tournament game against Duke. He considering transferring to another school.
"It was a hard decision to decide whether to get up and just leave guys I built a foundation with," Ogbodo said.
Instead, Ogbodo decided to stay put and now he's got another shot at playing in the Big Dance.
Ogbodo and the Seahawks will take on Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 12:40 p.m. today in Orlando. The game will be televised on Tru TV.
"I have to give Chuck credit as a guy who was buried on the bench, as a guy who is a senior," UNCW head coach Kevin Keatts said. "He's come into the game and has given us great lift. He's playing really good basketball.
"I tell everyone I've been saving him for this moment, that's why I didn't play him much earlier."
Ogbodo has played in 22 games this season and 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. His teammates are glad to have him back.
"Glad he's still with us," senior guard Denzel Ingram said. "It's been a fun year. He brings energy to the team on and off the court, in practice. He's a great guy."