#12 Kristof Ognenaet
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6'8" 215 lbs Forward
HS: College Melle School Ghent, Belgium
Born: 4/29/1985 Ghent, Belguim
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2007-08 Jr F 33 15 634 50 97 51.5% 42 62 67.7% 5 25 20.0% 33 147 96 51 78 2 42 22 19 147 4.5 1.0 4.5
2008-09 Sr F 34 12 516 35 74 47.3% 34 59 57.6% 0 6 0.0% 42 162 100 62 73 2 31 24 19 104 3.1 1.2 4.8
Career    
67
27
1150
85
171
49.7%
76
121
62.8%
5
31
16.1%
75
309
196
113
151
4
73
46
38
251
3.7
1.1
4.6

Kris Ongenaet was a junior college transfer who played forward for Syracuse for two seasons. 'Kong' was a solid rebounder and defender, and was counted on to play those roles on the high scoring Syracuse team.

Ongenaet was born and grew up in Belgium, and played basketball for the Belgium National Team. He came to the United States to go to college at Cuesta College, a community college in San Luis Obispo, California. Ongenaet was named the team MVP his freshman year and made honorable mention in the Western State Conference, along with academic honors. As a sophomore, he was named to the Western State Conference First Team, and again had academic honors.

Cuesta College Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2005-2006 Fr F 32 11 958 124 193 64.2% 80 191 41.9% 1 1 100.0% 100 395 282 113 108 9 101 48 101 329 10.3 3.1 12.3
2006-2007 So F 33 32 1028 151 268 56.3% 92 161 57.1% 3 23 13.0% 123 381 275 106 106 6 125 53 36 397 12.0 3.7 11.5
Career    
65
43
1986
285
461
61.8%
172
352
49.7%
4
24
16.7%
223
776
557
210
214
15
226
101
137
726
11.1
3.4
11.9

Ongenaet would leave Cuesta College as the schools all time leading rebounder, fifth leading in assists, and thirteenth leading in scoring.

Ongenaet would transfer to Syracuse upon completing his two years at Cuesta College. He would be the sixth man for the beginning of his sophomore season, providing help with the rebounding and defense up front as needed. When Paul Harris moved to the shooting guard position on January 27th, Ongenaet would move into the starting lineup as the power forward, and would remain a starter for the rest of the season. He would bring some intensity to the team that helped during some of the crucial games of the season.

The highlight of Ongenaet's junior campaign came against Marquette towards in the end of the season in a 'must win' game for Syracuse. The game was close in the second half when Ongenaet stole the ball from Marquette, drove the full length of the court against three defenders, did a cross over dribble, then a two handed dunk to finish the play, and got fouled in the process. That turned the momentum of the game in Syracuse's favor and the Orange never looked back winning 82-72.

Ongenaet had earned a starting role at forward his senior season. However, his trademark hustle and tough rebounding was not evident, and after twelve games, he was replaced in the lineup by an improving Rick Jackson. Onganaet would see very little playing time for a few games, actually missing a few of them. By the end of the season, he had returned to form, and was once again providing the Orange with the tough defense and rebounding they needed to win games. He pulled down eleven rebounds in a close loss to Villanova in February. In the epic six overtime game against UConn, Onganaet would play 28 minutes, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking two shots before fouling out.

Onganaet would finish his college career with 977 points and 1085 rebounds for the two colleges.

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