OJOUGBOH SETTLING IN WITH 66ERS

The Tulsa 66ers traded for forward Nkem “Ink” Ojougboh on Dec. 5, already five games into the 2011-12 NBA D-League season.

The Northeastern University product was impressive in his first five games in a 66ers uniform, averaging 11.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

“This season has been going well but there is still a lot of room for improvement, personally,” Ojougboh said. “I wasn’t in Tulsa for training camp, so the first couple of weeks here have been a learning process.”

Ojougboh raved about the chemistry and talent among his 66ers teammates.

“We have a lot of great guys on this team,” he said. “Getting along with each other and having good chemistry is a process. We are young, athletic and I am looking forward to getting better with this group.”

Ojougboh is not a stranger to the D-League, as he played for the Utah Flash last season. During the 2011 NBA D-League playoffs, he averaged 12 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 assists.

Despite the impressive numbers last year, Ojougboh said he is even more comfortable in his second season in the D-League.

That experience has helped him understand what it takes to be successful in the D-League.

“It is important that you get on the court and take care of your business and everything will take care of itself,” he said. “Coaches in Tulsa demand that we work hard and give everything that we have. Whether you play 10 minutes or 48 minutes, you have to get on the court and give it your all.”

Ojougboh has been in the starting lineup and also has come off the bench as a reserve. No matter what the circumstance, his role on the team is clear.

“I want to get in the game and play good defense, make sure my guy can’t score,” he said. “If a teammate gets beat defensively, I want to be there to help out. Overall, I want to be a defensive presence every night out.”

The 6-9 forward said he will never be content on his game and will continue to work while in Tulsa.

“I want to continue working on my post-up,” he said. “My defense can always improve, as well as my communication with my teammates on the floor. I would like to hit my jump shot with more consistency. Overall, I know I am on the right track.”