After spending his entire life in his native
"I was really convinced about the school and the academics and obviously basketball-wise," said Ongenaet, who committed after a visit to SU last weekend and a several enjoyable meetings with coach Jim Boeheim.
"He was a really, really nice guy. Obviously they needed another forward. They only have two true forwards coming back and that's why they were looking to a junior college player," said Ongenaet, a 6-foot-8 power forward who averaged 12 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 56 percent from the floor last season.
Ongenaet, who chose the Cuse over
"It's different, but I like it. Someone told me it was like downtown
"I think I had a [misleading] experience with the weather. It was warm and sunny, I was wearing a T-shirt the whole time," he said. "I will figure it out, though. I know it's going to be cold."
Still, he said, he's used to the cold winters back in his native
"For people in
He's since heard about the prestige and success of SU's program, however.
"I'm really excited. I couldn't wish for anything better than that," Ongenaet said.
So what will he bring to the table?
"My biggest strength is my great court vision. I'm a very good passer and I'm faster than every big guy I play against. So I can go around them, or if they back off I can hit the 15 or 17-footer."