Vandy Sports Notebook: Ogilvy closer to playing in Olympics

Monday, June 9, 2008 at 1:26am
Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy survived the first cut for the Australian national team. [photo by Mike Strasinger]

A.J. Ogilvy’s Olympic dreams are still intact.

The Vanderbilt basketball standout, attempting to make the Australian National Team this summer, survived the first round of cuts after a five-day training camp.

Twenty players, including Ogilvy, will compete this month in five international games. The final roster for the squad, named the Australian Boomers, will be trimmed to 12 on July 2.

The Boomers arrive in Perth on Tuesday to play the first game of the “Boomers World Challenge” against Iran on June 16.

Former NBA and Georgia Tech center Luke Schenscher was among those who didn’t survive the first cut.

“It was a good camp and no one did poorly,” Boomers coach Brian Goorjian said. “A lot of the decisions were positional, and they were tough calls, but we all agreed on what had to be done.”

Ogilvy averaged 17 points and 6.7 rebounds per game at Vanderbilt during the 2007-08 season and earned honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference honors.

The 2008 Summer Olympics begin in July in Beijing.

HIGH HOPES: The Chicago Bears used their first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft on Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams in hopes that he could take over at left tackle right away.

That plan appears to be on track, as Williams has been competing for a starting job against veteran John St. Clair during team workouts this spring.

The Bears are so confident in the ability of the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Williams that they moved last year’s starting left tackle, John Tait, to right tackle this spring. Williams was the 15th overall pick this year.

NEW LOOK: While Vanderbilt has yet to release the details, the Commodore football team will play in newly designed uniforms this fall for the first time since 2002, current head coach Bobby Johnson’s first season in Nashville.

Vanderbilt is expected to retain the same helmet design this fall while wearing new uniforms that bear resemblance to those worn at Missouri. The name “Vanderbilt” is expected to be stitched across the back of each jersey.

AWARD WINNER: Vanderbilt women’s basketball recruit Jordan Coleman of Lake Mary [Fla.] High School was recently named overall Girls Athlete of the Year at the seventh annual Orlando Sentinel Varsity Sports Awards on the campus of the University of Central Florida.

The annual gathering celebrated the premier performances of the 2007-08 school year in the newspaper’s six-county coverage area in Central Florida.

Coleman, who also won the Class 6A triple-jump championship this spring, will join the Vanderbilt basketball squad for the 2008-09 season.

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