Tylor Ongwae – Forward – Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Name: Tylor Okari Ongwae
Born: July 15, 1991
Passport: Kenyan (Cotonou)
Position: Forward
Height: 200 cm / 6’7″
Team: Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Tylor Ongwae is a 200 cm forward who can score in various ways. He is long and athletic, and has a great one or two dribble pull-up or step-back shot from mid-range. Tylor is outstanding in getting into the lane and playing off two feet to create his own shot or to get teammates in position to score. His biggest strength on offense is his mid-range game where he can face-up and use his athletic ability to elevate over defenders and shoot, or drive and finish with either hand around the basket. Tylor is a coachable player who keeps it simple and reads defense well. He runs the floor well and makes excellent decisions in transition or half court offense. He is a solid on-the-ball defender where he uses his size, athletic ability, and footwork to stop perimeter players from driving or shooting over him. When guards are being pressured, he brings the ball up the floor and has the ability to start his team’s offense.

In June of 2018, Tylor signed to play for Danish champs, Bakken Bears. Since Bakken Bears did not qualify to play in Basketball Champions League, they competed in FIBA Europe Cup and advanced to quarter-finals. As a starter in 22 minutes per game in 16 FIBA Europe Cup games, Tylor averaged 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game, and shot 50% from the field, 37% from behind the 3-points line, and 74% from the free throw line. In quarter-finals of FIBA Europe Cup, Bakken Bears lost to German team Wuerzburg.

In Danish league in 22 minutes per game as a starter, Tylor averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1.2 steals per game, and shot amazing 64% from the field, 31% from behind the 3-point line, and 78% from the free throw line. In Finals of the domestic league, they beat Horsens IC 4:0 to win Danish Championship. Below are highlights and the last game of the season against Wuerzburg.

15 points & 6 rebounds vs. German team, Wuerzburg

During 2017/2018 season, Tylor played for Massagno in Swiss top league. He averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 54% from the field, 32% from behind the 3-point line, and 75% from the charity line. Massagno made it to the Final 4 of the Swiss Cup and finished the regular season in 4th place. Below are highlights from Swiss league:

During the second part of 2016/2017 season, Tylor signed to play for Taranaki in New Zealand. The league began in March and he averaged 18 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 54% from the field, 34% behind the 3-point line, and 71% from the free throw line. He was named New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team All-NBL.

During the first part of 2016/2017 season, Tylor played for Swedish champions, Sodertalje. In Basketball Champions League qualifications, they played two games against Finish champions, Kataja, and Tylor averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds. After failing to advance, Sodertalje very successfully competed in FIBA Europe Cup. In 9 FIBA Europe Cup games, Tylor averaged 10.4 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes of play while shooting 47% from the field, 37% behind the 3-point line, and 86% from the free throw line. The team qualified to play the second round.

During 2015/2016 season, Tylor played for Solna Vikings in Swedish Basketettan league where the team won the league. Tylor was named MVP of the league and the team’s captain. He averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.2 steals, while shooting 66% from the field, 37% from behind the 3-point line, and 79% from the free throw line.  After the Swedish league, Tylor joined Avellino in Italian top league to play Playoffs as a replacement/insurance player. The team lost in semi-finals and Tylor played in two games. In one game he played 15 minutes and had 9 points and 2 rebounds with 2/2 from the field, 1/2 from behind the 3-point line, and 2/2 from the free throw line. 

During 2014/2015 season, Tylor led The University of Louisiana at Monroe in scoring with 14.4 points per game, and was second on the team in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game, while also averaging 3 assists per game. He was named Sun Belt All-Conference First Team. The team had a great season, finishing as the runner-up of the prestigious CBI Tournament. They finished the season with 24-14 record. His outstanding coach, Coach Keith Richard, was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. His teams are known for being tough-minded athletic defensive-oriented teams that are patient on offense and have ability to score in various ways. Below are Tylor’s college highlights:

During 2013/2014 season, Tylor led The University of Louisiana at Monroe in scoring with 16.2 points per game, while also grabbing 5.8 rebounds per contest. He was named Sun Belt All-Conference Third Team.

Prior to signing with the University of Louisiana at Monroe, he was an outstanding junior college player at Ranger Junior College in Texas. There, he averaged 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, and made All-Conference and All-Region teams. Tylor has been a member of the Kenyan Senior National Team.

Career

2018/2019 Bakken Bears – DENMARK

FIBA EUROPE CUP

11ppg, 4rpg, FG: 64%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 78%

10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 74%

2017/2018 Massagno – SWITZERLAND 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 54%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 78%
2016/2017 Sodertalje Kings – FIBA EUROPE CUP

Taranaki – NEW ZEALAND

10.4ppg, 4rpg, FG: 47%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 86%

18ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6spg, FG: 54%, 3PT: 34%, FT: 71%

2015/2016 Solna Vikings – SWEDEN D2

Scandone Avellino – SERIE A – ITALY

21ppg, 11rpg, 3apg, 2.2spg, FG: 66%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 79%   

4.5ppg, FG: 67%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 100%           

2014/2015

2013/2014

2011-2013

University of Louisiana at Monroe – NCAA I

Ranger Junior College – JUCO

14.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 3apg

16.2ppg, 5.8rpg

16.2ppg, 8.3rpg

Achievements

2018/2019 Danish Champion
2016/2017 New Zealand NBL 2nd Team All-League 

2016/2017 New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team

2015/2016 Swedish Basketettan League Champ

2015/2016 Swedish Basketettan League MVP

2015/2016 Swedish Basketettan League Regular Season Champ

2014/2015 Sun Belt All-Conference First Team

                    CBI Post Season Finalist

2013/2014 NABC All-District 2nd Team

                    Sun Belt All-Conference 3rd Team

2011-2013 Texas JUCO All-Region and All-Conference Teams
2010-Present A Member of the Kenyan Senior National Team

Videos

Full Games (2018/2019 Season) – Bakken Bears – Champions League

#9 in white: 14 points & 6 rebounds vs. Leicester Riders

Full Games – Bakken Bears – FIBA Europe Cup

#9 in white: 15 points & 6 rebounds vs. Wurzburg

#9 in white: 13 points & 3 assists vs. Steaua Bucuresti

#9 in white: 13 points & 8 rebounds vs. Kataja

#9 in black: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, & 2 assists vs. Kataja

Full Games – Massagno – Swiss Top League

#8 in red: 18 points, 7 rebounds, & 5 assists vs. Geneva

28 points, 9 rebounds, & 5 assists vs. Geneva

19 points & 4 rebounds vs. Monthey

Full Game – Sodertalje – (Basketball Champions League Qualifier):

#12 in white: 18 points & 6 rebounds vs. Kataja

Full Games – Sodertalje – FIBA Europe Cup

#12 in green: 17 points & 5 rebounds vs. Mons

20 points & 4 rebounds vs. Mons

Full Game – University of Louisiana at Monroe  vs. University of Florida (19 points)