23 Daniel Ochefu
Daniel  Ochefu

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Baltimore, Md.

High School:
Downingtown East

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 245

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
12/15/1993


04/15/2016

Wildcats Cap Busy Week at New York Stock Exchange

Villanova seniors rang the Opening Bell in New York on April 15

02/17/2016

Brunson's 25 Points Lead Wildcats Past Temple 83-67

Jalen Brunson scores a season-high 25 points to lead No. 1 Villanova past Temple

02/09/2016

Wildcats Cruise in Win Over DePaul, 86-59

Five players recorded double digits in win over the Blue Demons.

01/20/2016

No. 4 Wildcats Survive With Win Over Seton Hall, 72-71

Josh Hart led the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds in win over the Pirates.

01/10/2016

Hart Sparks No. 11 Villanova to 60-55 Win Over No. 18 Butler

Josh Hart recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

04/04/2016

2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova vs. North Carolina

NRG Stadium - Houston, Texas

04/02/2016

Villanova 95, Oklahoma 51

The Wildcats top Oklahoma in the 2016 Final Four, on April 2.

03/26/2016

Wildcats Beat Jayhawks, Advance to Final Four

Villanova 64, Kansas 59

03/24/2016

Villanova vs. Miami

Check out the photo gallery from the Sweet 16 men's basketball game against Miami.

03/20/2016

Villanova 87, Iowa 68

The Wildcats defeat Iowa in the Round of 32 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, on March 20th.

VILLANOVA

An improving big man with terrific hands and defensive instincts ... One of the Wildcats best passers who is especially effective feeding the post ... Offensive game continues to expand.

2015-16 Overview: Named to the All-South Region team after contributing 10 points and eight rebounds to an Elite Eight win over Kansas ... Scored 17 points to help lead a 92-69 win over Miami on Mar. 24 ... Collected 11 rebounds to go with four assists three blocked shots and three steals in an 87-68 win over Iowa on March 20 .... Registered his eighth double-double of the year with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in an 86-56 win over UNC Asheville on March 18 ... A right ankle injury hampered at the BIG EAST Tournament ... He came off the bench to supply eight points in a semifinal win over Providence and seven rebounds in the championship game vs. Seton Hall ... Named Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST ... Bothered by a sprained right ankle at the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament but supplied eight important points in a semifinal win over Providence on March 11 ... Added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 84-71 victory over Georgetown in the regular seaon finale on March 5 ... Posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to help push VU past Marquette 89-79 on Feb. 27 ... Continued his strong play by going 7-of-8 from the field to finish with 16 points and nine rebounds in an 83-67 win over Temple on Feb. 17 ... Connected on 11-of-14 field goal attemmpts to establish a new career high with 25 points in a 73-63 win over St. John’s on Feb. 13 ... Returned to action at DePaul on Feb. 9 after missing three games due to a concussion and excelled ... Scored 11 points to go with four assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 24 minutes of activity ... Did not accompany the Wildcats to St. John’s after suffering a concussion in practice on Jan. 29 ... Collected 11 rebounds on Jan. 24 against Wells Fargo Center ... Blocked four shots, including a huge one inthe final seconds, to help VU preserve a 72-71 win at Seton Hall ... Played through the flu and a bruised tailbone for 22 minutes, providing six points and three blocked shots ... Collected a game-high 13 caroms on Jan. 13 against Marquette ... Scored a season-high 20 points to go with 18 rebounds in a 72-63 win over Seton Hall on Jan. 6 ... Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Jan. 4 ... Converted his first seven field goal attempts on his way to a 9-of-10 performance in a 85-71 win at Creighton ... Finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots ... Delivered 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots to help the Wildcats upend No. 6 Xavier on Dec. 31 ... Scored nine points in the game’s first four minutes and finished with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in a 77-57 win over Penn on Dec. 28 ... Added six points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 76-47 win over La Salle on Dec. 13 ... Matched a career high with five blocked shots in a 59-45 win over Stanford on Thanksgiving Day ... Continued his terrific start with 12 points, 16 rebounds and two blocked shots against ETSU on Nov. 20 ... Played a key role in the Wildcats’ 87-63 win over Nebraska, scoring 17 points to go with 10 rebounds ... Recorded his ninth career double-double on Nov. 13, scoring 16 points and adding 10 rebounds, in a 91-54 win over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Pavilion.

2014-15 Overview: Led the BIG EAST in field goal accuracy (.644) and finished third in the conference in rebounding (8.5 rpg) ... Named Philadelphia Big Five Most Improved Player and Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST ... Moved into eighth place on Villanova's All-Time Blocked Shots list (125) by season's end.

2015 NCAA Tournament Highlights: Pulled down 11 rebounds in 26 minutes of a 71-68 loss to N.C. State in the third round in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Connected on all five of his field goal attempts and finished with 14 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds in a 93-52 victory over Lafayette.

2015 Big East Tournament Highlights: Delivered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a semifinal win over Providence ... Also blocked five shots ... Led the Wildcats with seven rebounds to go with six points in an 84-49 victory over Marquette on March 12.

2014-15 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 8.6 ppg and 8.8 rpg in conference only action ... Capped off the regular season by connecting on all eight field goal attempts to tie a career- high with 21 points in a 105-68 win over St. John's ... Also added five blocked shots to match a career-high in that category ... Contributed nine points and nine rebounds to a 76-72 win at Creighton on March 3 ... Added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds to the cause in a 78-66 win over Xavier on Feb. 28 ... Led Villanova with 12 rebounds go go with 11 points, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot in an 80-54 win over Seton Hall ... Came off the bench to supply 19 points and nine rebounds in a 74-68 win at Providence ... Connected on all seven of his field goal attempts in the Feb. 11 win ... Collected a dozen rebounds in 28 minutes to go with seven points in a 68-55 win at DePaul on Jan. 31 ... Created a new career- high with 21 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and blocked shot in a 62-47 win at Penn on Jan. 17 .. Connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts ... Was a major force in a 90-72 win over St. John's on Jan. 6 with 13 points and 13 rebounds ... Enjoyed his best statistical day as a collegian, scoring 19 points and adding 24 rebounds in a 66-61 overtime loss at Seton Hall on Jan. 3 ... Connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts ... Established a new career-high with five blocked shots in a 67-55 victory over Butler on Dec. 31. Also added 10 points and nine rebounds.

2014-15 Non-Conference Highlights: Helped lead VU to a 62-47 victory at Penn on Jan. 17 with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field to go with 10 points and four assists ... Posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-67 victory over NJIT on Dec. 23 ... Chipped in with six points and eight rebounds in an 82-77 overtime victory over Syracuse on Dec. 20 ... Contributed 10 points and five rebounds to an 85-62 win over Temple on Dec. 14 ... His second half offense from the low post was instrumental in VU's 73-59 win over Illinois on Dec. 9 ... Finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in 25 minutes of activity ... Supplied 10 points and eight rebounds to the cause in a Dec. 3 win at La Salle ... Supplied 12 points and six rebounds to the cause in a 78-47 victory over Delaware on Nov. 30 ... Added 10 points in 20 minutes in the Wildcats' 60-55 victory over Michigan on Nov. 25 in the title game of the Progressive Legends Classic title game in Brooklyn... Recorded his first double-double of 2014-15 with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-65 win over Bucknell ... Also had three blocked shots, including two critical ones in the final two minutes ... Connected on 4-of-5 field goal attempts en route to a 10 point, nine rebound effort in the win over Lehigh.

2013-14 Overview: Shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Player award with teammate Darrun Hilliard ... Tied for the team rebounding lead at 6.1 ppg with James Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston ... Led the Wildcats with 52 blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and started 32 of 34 games.

2013-14 NCAA Tournament: Scored four points and collected eight rebounds in the NCAA Tournament third round against Connecticut ... Also added four points and nine caroms in the 73-53 second round triumph over Milwaukee in round two in Buffalo, N.Y.

2013-14 BIG EAST Tournament: Tallied six points and four rebounds in a 64-63 loss to Seton Hall in the quarterfinal round.

2013-14 BIG EAST Regular Season: Averaged 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 18 league games, connecting on .718 of his field goal attempts ... His five points and four rebounds helped the Wildcats down Georgetown 77-59 in the regular season finale ... Added seven points and five rebounds in a 67-48 win over Butler at the Pavilion on Senior Night ... Grabbed 11 rebounds and added five points in a 57-54 win over St. John's on Feb. 22 ... Delivered 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals in a career-high 36 minutes at Providence on Feb. 18 ... Posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-53 win over Seton Hall ... Also set a new career-high with six assists ... Contributed seven points and six rebounds to an 81-58 Wildcats' win over Xavier on Feb. 3 ... Went 5-of-6 from the floor en route to 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots at Temple on Feb. 1 .... Connected on all five of his field goal attempts, finishing with 2 points, in a 65-60 BIG EAST win at Georgetown on Jan. 27 ... Added five rebounds, nine points and a blocked shot in a 94-85 win at Marquette on Jan. 25 ... Connected on all six of his field goal attempts to post a season-high 14 points in a Jan. 18 win over DePaul ... Also had six rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots ... Added a season-high 10 points to go with seven rebounds in a 74-67 win over St. John's on Jan. 11 ... Contributed six points, four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in a 91-61 victory over Providence on Jan. 21 ... Connected on 4-of-5 field goal attempts and finished with eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in a 76-73 overtime victory at Butler on Dec. 31

2013-14 Non-Conference Highlights: Added four points and six rebounds to an 88-67 win over Rider on Dec. 21 ... Logged 26 minutes with four points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals in a 73-52 win over La Salle on Dec. 15 ... Added six points and three rebounds in 21 minutes of a 98-68 win at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 7 ... Collected 11 rebounds to go with six points in an 84-80 win over Delaware ... Established a new career-high in blocked shots with four against Towson ... Also added eight rebounds, a team-high, and four points ... Finished one rebound shy of his career-high when he pulled down 11 caroms in 19 minutes in a 75-59 win over Lafayette on opening night at the Pavilion.

2012-13 Overview: Served primarily as an understudy to senior Mouphtaou Yarou ... Appeared in all 34 games, averaging 17.5 minutes per outing ... Pulled down 4.1 rebounds per outing and averaged 3.5 ppg ... Started all games in January and February.

2013 NCAA Tournament: Collected a pair of rebounds in 10 minutes of activity in a second round loss to North Carolina.

2013 BIG EAST Championship: Logged 20 minutes of a 66-53 win over St. John's on Mar. 13.

2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: His four free throws against Georgetown on March 6 were a season-high ... Recorded a season-high three blocked shots on March 3 at Pittsburgh ... Chipped in with four points, three rebounds and two assists in a 60-56 win over No. 17 Marquette on Feb. 23 ... Collected a season-high 12 rebounds on Feb. 3 against Providence ... Added eight points and three rebounds at Providence on Jan. 19 ... Contributed eight rebounds in 23 minutes of a 58-43 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 ... Added four points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in a 72-61 loss at Syracuse on Jan. 12 ... Made a strong impact in his first career start on Jan. 9 at USF, scoring a season-high 12 points to go with eight rebounds ... Contributed six points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to a 98-86 victory over St. John's on Jan. 2.

2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Collected 11 rebounds in 23 minutes of a 70-60 win over NJIT on Dec. 28 ... Notched 11 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 75-65 win over Delaware on Dec. 16 ... Connected on 5-of-6 field goal attempts ... His basket off of an offensive rebound with 1:08 to play helped VU rally to defeat Saint Joseph's 65-61 on Dec. 11 ... Also grabbed five rebounds against the Hawks ... Collected five rebounds and a blocked shot in a 68-55 win over Penn on Dec. 8 at the Palestra ... Added three points and four rebounds in a 62-52 win at Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 in Nashville ... Played 26 significant minutes in VU's pulsating 89-81 overtime victory over Purdue, contributing seven points and eight rebounds on Nov. 15 ... Added six points and two rebounds in 19 minutes against UDC on Nov. 9.

Personal

Played his prep basketball at the Westtown School before finishing up his studies at Downingtown East High School ... Ranked 54th on ESNPU's list of Top 100 players in the class of 2012 ... Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior at the Westtown School ... Considered Georgetown, Temple, and Texas as well as VU ... Signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in November 2011 ... Parents are Hassan and Elizabeth Ochefu ... Also has two younger sisters and a brother, including Marie (15), Anthony (13) and Ashley (11)... Last name is pronounced Oh-chef-fu.

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