Bulldogs' guard Tyler Johnson was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season by the Fresno State coaching staff; roster taking shape for 2013-14 season.
Fresno State enters the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships as the No. 7 seed and opens on Wednesday in a Quaterfinal contest versus No. 2 seed Colorado State.
Fresno State heads into the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 7 seed and riding the momentum of two straight quality conference wins.
Fresno State will play its final regular season game Saturday when the Bulldogs visit UNLV on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
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Fresno State Beats UNLV 64-55
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Last updated: June 21, 2013
NOTE: Olekaibe is pronounced: "O-LAY-key-bay"
2012-13 (JUNIOR): Played in all 30 games, with 24 starts ... on the season, he averaged 8.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game ...also recorded three blocks and a total of 33 steals and 40 assists... logged an average of 25.6 minutes in his 31 games played ... drained 84 of 242 (34.7%) field goal attempts, 52 of 151 (34.4%) from beyond the 3-point arc and 30 out of 36 (83.3%) at the charity stripe ... after the season, he decided to leave the program and has indicated he intends to transfer to UNLV for his senior season.
2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): A scoring machine that averaged 17.8 points, 3.2 rebound, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists per game ... earned all-National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) and all-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) second-team honors ... ranked sixth among NCAA Division I sophomore guards in scoring average and 47th for all D-I scorers ... .. set a new school record for most points in a 40-minute game when he scorched Seattle U for a career-best 43 points on Feb. 23, 2012 and helped rally the 'Dogs to a 78-72 victory over the Redhawks ... In total, he scored 10 or more points in 25 games, reached at least 20 points 12 times, topped the 25-point mark eight times and registered 30 or more points in three games ... sparked Fresno State's 68-65 victory at Arizona State, which featured the Bulldogs erasing a 17-point first-half deficit when Olekaibe drained the go-ahead 3-pointer from the left wing with a hand in his face and 29.9 seconds remaining for his first 30-point game of his career ... he scored 21 of his then-career-high 30 points in the second half of the win at ASU.
2010-11 (FRESHMAN): During his freshman season, he averaged 12 points,1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game ... played in 30 out of 31 games, with 19 starts ... logged at an average of 25.1 minutes in his 30 games played ... he led the Bulldogs in scoring with 122 of 316 (38.6%) field goal attempts, 60 of 183 (32.8%) from beyond the 3-point arc and 56 of 73 (76.7%) at the charity stripe ... in WAC contests, he averaged 13.6 points, 1.98 rebounds and .9 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 83 percent from the charity line.
CIMARRON-MEMORIAL HS: As a vibrant and electrifying impact contributor from all over the hardwood, Olekaibe was Nevada's leading school scorer and fifth in the nation during the 2009-10 season with 1,065 points, which is the second highest mark in the state of Nevada's history ... finished his Cimarron-Memorial High School career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,779 points as a two-year varsity starter ... during his senior campaign, he averaged 35.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.6 steals per game ... he also converted 50 percent (221-446) of his field goal attempts, 37 percent (57-153) from beyond the 3-point arc and notched an 81 percent clip (142-176) at the free throw line ... scored at least 50 points in two games this past season and reached the 40-point plateau in nine contests ... named first-team all-state and a two-time first-team All-Sunset region honoree ... in his junior season, he recorded an average of 22.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.8 steals.
PERSONAL: Born July 28, 1992 ... parents are Benson and Esther Olekaibe, who are originally from Lagos, Nigeria ... as one of seven children, his family sports a deep pedigree on the hardwood and molded his strong character ... his older brothers, Ike and Emmanuel, each played college basketball ... Ike was a two-time NCAA All-American at Purdue University and Emmanuel competed for South Western Oregon Community College and the NAIA's Everest College ... draws on the experiences through his family to understand hard work and the vital determination necessary to follow his dreams ... has six siblings (Ike, Victoria, Ruth John, Emmanuel and Kenneth) ... enjoys playing games, running and shopping ... made his high school honor roll ... favorite athlete is Derrick Rose because he likes the style of play of the fast, strong point guard ... biggest athletic thrill is dunking on someone ... most admires his parents and big brothers because they helped him to get where he is today ... chose to attend Fresno State because he liked the program, arena and the prestigious Craig School of Business program ... also recruited by Boise State, Connecticut, Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Texas-El Paso.