Athletic forward transferred to Duquesne from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May of 2012 ... scored 564 points in three seasons (88 g.) at UAB ... totaled 551 points in 30 games in one season at DU ... started as a sophomore and junior for the Blazers before sitting out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer guidelines ... scored in double digits 56 times, all of which came in his last 90 games ... had 28 double-digit scoring games in three seasons at UAB and 28 in one year at Duquesne ... posted double-digit rebounds 22 times (8 at Duquesne) ... finished with 19 career double-doubles including eight as a senior ... led the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.4 ppg.) in earning third team all-conference honors as a senior.
As a Senior (2013-14 at Duquesne)
Started all 30 games ... averaged a team-high 18.4 and 8.0 rebounds per game ... shot .467 from the field and .675 from the foul line ... became the first Duquesne player since Bryant McAllister (19.7 ppg. in 2006) and seventh player in Duquesne history to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.4 ppg.) ... was the only Atlantic 10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring and rebounding as well as the only forward ranked among the Atlantic 10's top 12 scorers ... was the fifth Duke in the past 20 years to top the 500-point mark in a season (551) ... the other most recent 500-point scorers were Bill Clark (520 in 2011), Aaron Jackson (657 in 2009), Bryant McAllister (513 in 2006) and Mike James (526 in 1998) ... was the first non-guard to score 500 in a season since Derrick Alston had 639 points in 1994 ... ranked seventh nationally in total free throw attempts with 289 in 30 g. ... set school records for free throws made and attempted (195-289) and free throw attempts per game (9.63) ... the previous records of 180 makes, 258 attempts and 9.56/g. were set by two-time All-American Sihugo Green in 1956 ... 35 percent of his points came from the foul line ... had two games with 20 free throw attempts (11-20 vs. Pitt & 13-20 vs. St. Bonaventure) ... the 20 FTAs were the most by a Duke in 20 years ... topped the 20-point mark a team-high 13 times ... it was the most 20-point games in a season since Bryant McAllister scored 20 or more 13 times in 26 games in 2005-06 ... saw a streak of five consecutive 20-point games - including a career-high 29 in the A-10 opener vs. Fordham - snapped on Jan. 12 vs. La Salle (12 points) ... he was the first Duke to string together five consecutive 20-point games since Bryant McAllister did it in his final five games as a Duke in 2006 ... led DU in scoring 19 times and rebounding 14 times (both team highs) ... posted eight double-doubles: 17-13 vs. Abilene Christian, 19-12 at WVU, 23-13 vs. Albany, 23-12 at Saint Francis, 13-11 at George Washington, 19-12 at Rhode Island, 18-13 vs. UMass & 23-13 in the Atlantic 10 Championship vs. Richmond ... had a team-high 37 dunks ... caught a pass from Derrick Colter off the backboard for a dunk against Fordham was named ESPN SportsCenter's No. 1 Top Play on Jan. 8.
As a Junior (2011-12 at UAB)
Played in 30 games with 24 starts ... averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game ... led the team with 28 steals tied for second with 51 assists ... posted eight double-doubles ... scored in double digits 13 times ... had nine double-digit rebound games ... averaged 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in two C-USA tournament games ... scored a career-high 20 points and added 12 boards in a first round win over Tulane and followed that with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a season-ending loss to UCF ... set career highs for free throws made and attempted (8-of-13) vs. Tulane ... had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in 28 minutes against Alabama A&M ... scored 18 points (8-of-11) to go along with 11 rebounds at home vs. Marshall ... posted a 13-12 double-double at Florida ... changed from jersey number 32 to number 0 prior to the season.
As a Sophomore (2010-11 at UAB)
Saw action in 30 games with 29 starts ... was one of UAB's most improved players, averaging 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game ... ranked second on the team in rebounding, field goal percentage (.505) and blocked shots (26) ... closed the year by averaging 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 59.0 percent from the floor (33-of-56) over the Blazers final eight games ... named C-USA Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 29 ... set career-best mark with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots in a win over South Alabama on Nov. 23 ... posted his first career double-double with 10 points and a career high 13 rebounds in a win at Troy on Nov. 29 ... added his second double-double with 13 points and 10 boards vs. UCF ... had 18 points at Memphis ... recorded a career-best eight field goals in scoring 18 points at Houston ... scored 17 points and added eight boards in 41 minutes of an overtime win at Arkansas.
As a Freshman (2009-10 at UAB)
Played in 28 games with six starts as a true freshman ... averaged 1.5 points and 1.9 rebounds ... shot .783 (18-of-23) from the foul line ... averaged 6.3 minutes per game in UAB's first 20 contests, averaged 15.3 min./g. and earned four starts over the last 13 games ... had seven points, six rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals in a win over Tulane ... added six points including his first career 3-pointer in a win over Rice ... made first career start and played a career-best 24 minutes in a win at Southern Miss on Feb. 17 ... also recorded his first career dunk against the Golden Eagles ... collected four points and four rebounds in the loss to UTEP.
Bethel High School in Hampton Roads, Va. (head coach Craig Brehon) ... averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game during his lone season at Bethel HS ... led the team field goal percentage (60%) ... recorded 15 double-doubles ... helped lead the Bruins to a 23-4 overall mark and district championship (16-2) as a senior ... earned second team All-Peninsula District honors ... named to the all-tournament team at the Ronald Curry Christmas Classic ... played at Hampton Roads Academy as a junior where he averaged 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game ... was named honorable mention all-state following his junior season.
Was named to the all-tournament team of the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League in each of the past two years ... the Pro-Am features players from area schools including Pitt, West Virginia, Robert Morris and Youngstown State among others ... posted a 40.5" running vertical jump and bench pressed 300 pounds in July 2013 team strength and conditioning testing ... was named to the Great Britain Futures team in May of 2012 ... competed for Great Britain in the summer of 2010 at the FIBA Under 20 European Championships ... started all eight games and led his country with 19.1 points and 2.3 steals per game ... also contributed 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists/g. ... led Britain to its best-ever finish (sixth place) ... was a McDonald's All-American nominee out of high school ... was ranked as the No. 33 small forward coming out of high school by ESPN.com ... also ranked as a two-star recruit by Scout.com ... enrolled at UAB after receiving interest from Providence, Old Dominion, Michigan and Missouri ... completed his undergraduate degree in communication studies in December of 2013 ... was enrolled in the graduate program for sports leadership for his final semester ... full name is Ovie Paul Soko ... date of birth: 2/7/91 in London, England.