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Saturday, 28 July 2012

LONDON – St. Bonaventure University will be represented by at least one, and possibly two, former student-athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which officially got underway Friday evening with the Opening Ceremony.

Stef Collins, a 2006 graduate, will play for Great Britain women’s basketball team, while Ogo Adeboye, a 2011 grad, enters the Olympic Games as the first reserve for the Great Britain men’s basketball team.

Collins was named the 2001-02 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after leading all A-10 first-year players with 11.1 points per game. In her junior season she was named to the A-10 Third Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team. She followed that up with an A-10 Honorable Mention selection in her senior campaign.

The Montour Falls, N.Y. native, who is expected to start at point guard for GB, scored 1,421 points in her career, which now ranks ninth all-time in program history. She also sits third all-time in 3-pointers made with 288, behind only Suzie Dailer (291) and Jessica Jenkins (338).

Her professional career has been based entirely in the UK, playing for two Welsh clubs in the English Basketball League. She first played with the Rhondda Rebels during the 2006-07 season and has since been with the UWIC Archers.

Collins is one of just three remaining players from the first Great Britain women’s basketball team that took the court in 2006. She has made 75 appearances with the national team which ranks first among any GB player (male or female). She scored an international career-high 25 points against Ukraine in 2007. This will be the first time that Great Britain has been represented in women’s basketball at the Olympics.

Adeboye, a guard who was the last cut from the final roster because the coaching staff wanted to add more size to the team, made the preliminary Olympic roster in April before it was trimmed to 12 earlier this month.

In his two seasons as a Bonnie from 2009-2011, Adegboye saw playing time in all 31 games of each season, had an average 3-point shooting percentage of 36.6 and averaged 9 points per game for a total of 559.

Adegboye led the country his senior year in minutes played per game (39.0) and the Bonnies in assists per game (4.0).

Also during his senior season, Adegboye was named A-10 Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 6, 2011) and NetScouts Basketball International Player of the Week (Feb. 21, 2011).

The GB women’s team gets its Games underway on Saturday when Collins and her squad face Australia at 5 p.m. The men’s GB team begins play on Sunday against Russia at 3 p.m.

For updates on both players and their respective teams throughout the Olympic Games, click any of the links at the top of this release. GoBonnies.com and our social media outlets will also have updates throughout the 17-day event.

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